Ages 8 - 12 / Middle-grade fiction / Chronicle Books
Win a set of TORTILLA SUN by Jennifer
Cervantes for your book group.
Enter to win by emailing the author (write
"KidsBookclubbing" in the subject line).
When I was little, I found myself lost in books that stirred my
imagination. I vividly remember pretending I was the heroine in many of those
books, which usually meant I had some sort of magical ability. I hope you find
such magic and imagination in the pages of TORTILLA SUN.
I had so much fun bringing Izzy, Mateo, Nana, Maggie, and Frida to life.
Each character had his or her own demands, like Frida insisted that she was a
dog even though I wanted her to be a cat. So we compromised and she became a
cat who thinks she's a dog.
If you believe all things are possible and that maybe, just maybe, there
really is magic in this world, then you'll love TORTILLA SUN.
I hope you'll email me and say hi, see what I'm working on next, or just
hang around to talk about the book. I always email back!
Also, I hope you'll enter my Tortilla
Adventure contest. Just send me an email with your favorite way to eat a
tortilla! Winners must be in the U.S. or Canada. Details are on my website.
Thanks for your support!
middle grade fiction novel with ambition."
School Library Journal
this up and settle in for a quiet and satisfying trip with arresting language
and images that are sure to stay with you long after you close the cover."
C.J. Omololu author of Dirty Little
book is magic."
Irene Latham author of Leaving Gee's
"A warm, beautifully written book"
Christina Gonzalez, author of Red
mother sends her to live with her grandma - who she barely knows. How does
Izzy react to the news? How would you react if you had to live with a
gives the name "Estrella" to Izzy's bedroom. What name would you give your
room? Talk about why you chose it.
people in the village tell Izzy how she reminds them of her father, who she
knew. How do you feel when people say you remind them of someone - your
siblings or even someone famous?
4. Nana says
that "Life is Magic" and "Sometimes you can't see the magic, you just know
it's there because you can feel it." Talk about a time you felt magic -
was it something
you saw, or a feeling you had inside.
finally learns the real story of her father's death. Do you think her mom and
were right to wait so long to tell her the truth?
6. Izzy has
a chance to speak with the father she never knew. Do you think it was a
dream, or something else? Does it matter?
7. Izzy and
Mateo and surprised to find the treasure on the map was something they'd
had all along. What do you treasure in your life? Is it an object, a
person, a feeling, a special talent, a place -- or something else?