Cervantes first novel is rich with local color-both physical landscapes and traditional spiritual beliefs....this should be popular with readers who enjoyed Sharon Creech's Granny Torrelli Makes Soup (2003) or Pam Mu oz Ryan's Becoming Naomi Leon (2004).
SCHOOL LIBRARY REVIEW
"This gentle family story may hold appeal for those who have enjoyed the works of Pam Mu oz Ryan and Toby Johnston."
[A] strong debut....Cervantes fills her story with mystical possibilities-- talking with spirits, hearing what the wind whispers, gathering powerful herbs by moonlight--but also with the inescapable realities of illness, death, and mourning. The result is an imaginative yet grounded novel.
Cervantes evokes the beauty of the setting and develops a memorable cast of characters, brought to life through Izzy's heartfelt narration. A beautiful and engaging debut novel.
always looking for protagonists of color and lived experience of other than privileged, white childrenPublished 2 months ago by Grandma Becca
this story I couldn't put down I give it 5 stars! I wish they will make a second book! it is worth itPublished 4 months ago by allia marie covino
This is one of those books that recognizes that children have real experiences and hard things in their life, without becoming a Problem Book. Read morePublished on October 24, 2012 by H Waterhouse
I could relate to this story. I am of hispanic orgin and my grandmother was depicted in this story. Read morePublished on August 4, 2012 by irene
This is a wonderful young adult story about coming into your own understanding of self.
Other people have spoken eloquently about the book so I don't need to. Read more
Twelve-year-old Izzy is sent to spend the summer in New Mexico with her grandmother, where she discovers her cultural roots and learns about her heroic father, who died before her... Read morePublished on July 14, 2011 by Liz W.
Twelve year old Izzy lives in San Diego but mother is going to Costa Rica to finish her research. Izzy has to go to New Mexico to live with her grandmother. Read morePublished on March 23, 2011 by C. Wong
Great little story suitable for middle-school kids. The plot takes the reader into New Mexico, and is a peek into an Hispanic grandma's home and the adventure of exploring a new... Read morePublished on December 16, 2010 by HuskerFan
12yr old Isadora (Izzy) and her mom are always moving. When the novel opens, the two are unpacking in their new apartment. Read morePublished on September 17, 2010 by DAC