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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

New Children's Novel out of Las Cruces: Tortilla Sun by Jennifer Cervantes

We always want to give a heads up to local authors. Here a new one from Jennifer Cervantes. She also has a pretty nice website you should check out at: www.jennifercervantes.com.

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, and she is currently working on her second.  

Tortilla Sun  (Chronicle Books ISBN-10: 0811870154) is a tender, magical story about 12 year old Izzy Roybal who is sent to spend the summer in her nana’s New Mexico village where she is soon caught up in the foreign world of her own culture, from patron saints and soulful food to the curious and magical blessings Nana gives her tortillas. 

In Nana’s village she meets Mateo, the adventurous, treasure seeking thirteen year old boy who lives on the other side of the bolted door in Izzy’s bedroom and six year old Maggie who is raising her cat, Frida, as a dog and sees marshmallow ghosts float out windows.

When the wind begins to whisper to Izzy, she is soon led on an adventure to learn about her father’s mysterious death, who she really is, and to connect the hidden pieces of her past.

Purchase on Amazon.com


1 comment:

Raymundo Eli Rojas said...

Check out an interview with Jennifer Cervantes at La Bloga: http://www.labloga.blogspot.com/