Tortilla Sun

Tortilla Sun

by Jennifer Cervantes


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When twelve-year-old Izzy spends the summer in her Nana's remote New Mexico village, she discovers long-buried secrets that come alive in an enchanted landscape of majestic mountains, whispering winds, and tortilla suns. Infused with the flavor of the southwest and sprinkled with just a pinch of magic, readers are sure to find this heartfelt story as rich and satisfying as Nana's homemade enchiladas.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781452131504
Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
Publication date: 04/01/2014
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 235,965
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 7.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Jennifer Cervantes lives with her family in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Tortilla Sun is her first novel for children.

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Tortilla Sun 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
bplma on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
With her mom working in Costa Rica for the summer and her father dead, 12 year old Izzy is visiting her nana and her mom's home village in New Mexico for the first time. Izzy hopes to find out more about her father----(her mom is secretive) and in the process she learns about herself-- her family and her heritage. Full of el sabor de la south west, Izzy visits her ancestral village, hears the folklore and sees the old ways, learns to cook, meets her nana- a seer and curandera, visits with her father's ghost, improves her relationship with her mom, and finds friendship and love. yes, the storyline is somewhat predictable but this is a sweet and gentle story appropriate for the 10-13 year olds-- a time when we all tried to figure out who we were, where we came from and how we would fit in. i really enjoyed this book and recommended it to two 6th grade girls (neither of whom are latino) who like to read and are curious about the world around them. They loved it too. **includes a glossary of common spanish words and an easy tortilla recipe.
Carolee888 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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. She has always wanted to know about her father who died before she was born. She doesn¿t make friends easily because they are always moving. Izzy learns about folk medicine, songs, how to make tortillas and a lot about her heritage and how to deal with grief.This book is filled with the smells, sounds and folklore of Hispanic culture. There is a handy glossary in the back and a recipe for tortillas.There is also a family mystery that can only be unraveled one thread at time. This book is an easy way for children age nine and older to learn about Hispanic culture.
CatheOlson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a sweet book about a twelve-year-old girl Izzy who spends the summer with her grandmother in New Mexico while her mother finishes her studies. While she is there, she becomes immersed in the Mexican culture that her mother had surpressed out of grief after the death of her husband. Izzy searches for answers about her father's death and she may find them if she can find the voice in the wind.I'm always looking for books with Latino culture and was very happy to have found this one. There is lots of language, food, tradition, folklore, and even superstition that really make the reader feel that the have traveled to New Mexico. This will be a great addition to my elementary school library.
skstiles612 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Izzy has just gotten settled into yet another new home. While unpacking she comes across a baseball that had belonged to her father. It has the words because...magic on it. When she asks her mom about it her mom takes it away and puts it up. Izzy gets the ball back out and then learns the next morning that her mother has received a grant to finish up her studies in Costa Rica. She is sending Izzy to New Mexico to stay with her nana. She is not thrilled about this. However when she arrives she feels like she has stepped out of a time capsule into her nana's village. During her stay there she learns to make tortillas while she learns about the father she never met and her mother won't talk about. Her time there teachers her what family is all about and how love endures even when someone is gone. This was a wonderful book and one I am proud to recommend to my school and have on my shelves.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
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Mother-Daughter-Book-Club More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago