Tortilla Sunby Jennifer Cervantes
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When twelve-year-old Izzy discovers a beat-up baseball marked with the words "Because magic" while unpacking in yet another new apartment, she is determined to figure out what it means. What secrets does this old ball have to tell? Her mom certainly isn't sharing anyespecially when it comes to Izzy's father, who died before Izzy was born. But when she spends the summer in her Nana's remote New Mexico village, Izzy discovers long-buried secrets that come alive in an enchanted landscape of watermelon mountains, whispering winds, and tortilla suns. Infused with the flavor of the southwest and sprinkled with just a pinch of magic, this heartfelt middle grade debut is as rich and satisfying as Nana's homemade enchiladas.
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 moonlightbut 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.
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- Age Range:
- 8 - 12 Years
Meet the Author
Jennifer Cervantes lives with her husband and three daughters in Las Cruces, New Mexico, where she enjoys sunsets, tortillas, and chiles fresh from the family farm. Tortilla Sun is her first novel for children.
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I am 10 and i am in 4th grade and when i saw this book it was amazing. I did not know what was going to happen but i took it out anyway. But when i read almost the first chapter i frecan loved it. My brother was telling me it looks like mexicans but i did not care. I still did not finish the book but i think it takes place in mexico scinince i am a diabetec my name is emma i always test so when i was testing i got blood all over my book. I love the book. Great book i ever read
I bought it for my fiance's daughter. I read it one rainy spring afternoon. I am over 40. I am not stupid but i cannot work nook keys well. I just love this story and believe Cervantes should win awards of all kinds. Great for all ages.
Izzy and her mother have moved more times than she wants to remember. She's just getting settled again when her mom announces she's received a research grant to study in Costa Rica and Izzy will be spending the summer with her nana in New Mexico. Izzy doesn't know her grandmother very well, and she's not at all happy about being dumped for a couple of months while her mom is gone. But once she arrives at the small adobe village near Albuquerque, magic starts to happen. As Izzy begins to discover more about her family and herself she begins to feel like she may have finally found a place to call home. Tortilla Sun by Jennifer Cervantes weaves a little magic into the story and a lot of magic into readers as the tale unwinds. Izzy's nana has a way with tortillas and a way with people as well. The story of Izzy's parents and her own past slowly comes out in small bites to help her digest it a little bit at a time, and in the process she comes to know and love the people of the village. Tortilla Sun had me longing to see the Sandia Mountains, feel the warmth of the sun and hear the call of the wind. Bright New Mexico comes as vividly alive as the colors worn by many of its people. This book is recommended for ages 9 to 12, but I think girls up to 14 or 15 may enjoy it too. And the moms are likely to be delighted by Izzy's journey of self-discovery. Issues to discuss include family heritage, ethnic traditions, dealing with grief and finding acceptance. There's a recipe in the back for tortillas that I can't wait to try, and making them could be a fun mother-daughter book club activity. I highly recommend Tortilla Sun.