Adrianna Cuevas is the author of The Total Eclipse of Nestor Lopez (FSG/Macmillan), set to publish July 21, 2020.
“A marvelous, magical mystery that deftly blends family, friends, and folklore. Cuevas has crafted a stunning debut centered around one of the most compelling and lovable new protagonists in MG fantasy: Nestor Lopez, the big-hearted boy who can talk to animals. His bittersweet yet exciting adventures had me on the edge of my seat for hours on end, laughing and crying and biting my nails in anxiety. I’m so excited for the legions of kids who get to unpack this stunning debut!”
– David Bowles, author of Texas Bluebonnet Award List, Pura Belpre Honor Book, and Walter Dean Myers Honor Book They Call Me Guero and Pura Belpre Honor Book The Smoking Mirror
“Mystery, adventure, humor, friendship, and… talking animals- The Total Eclipse of Nestor Lopez has it all! Readers will love this funny, fast-paced, heartwarming story.”
– Celia C. Perez, author of Pura Belpre Honor Book The First Rule of Punk and Strange Birds: A Field Guide to Ruffling Feathers
All Nestor Lopez wants is to live in one place for more than a few months and have dinner with his dad. But when you’re the son of an Army sergeant deployed in Afghanistan, you get used to never really having a home and moving so often, you’ve had ten first days in six years of school.
Nestor finally has a chance to live off-base when he and his mother move to New Haven, Texas to live with his grandmother. Nestor plans to lay low and bide his time until his mom announces the inevitable next move. He certainly has no intention of letting anyone find out his deepest secret- he can talk to animals.
But New Haven turns out to be much different than Nestor’s previous towns. Nestor’s long-held secret of being able to communicate with animals is put front and center when New Haven is threatened by a tule vieja, a witch that can morph into animals. As the town’s animals begin disappearing and his grandmother is accused, Nestor must chose between keeping his secret and defending his family and friends. With his father deployed thousands of miles away, Nestor relies on his own strengths, as well as those of his new friends, to save New Haven, a place he just might dare to call home.
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