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Everlasting Nora: A Novel (CD-Audio)

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Bringing to vivid life a realistic tale of homelessness & poverty. debut novelist Marie Miranda Cruz introduces us to feisty, resilient 12-year old Nora, who lives with her mother in her father's grave crypt in the Philippine capital of Manilla. The truly harsh elements of survival and hunger are coupled with the kindness and community that Nora finds while searching for her mother, who has inexplicably gone missing. There are some scary elements such as beatings & kidnapping and young readers may flinch when confronted with these, but Cruz' memorable title character is so worthy of compassion, you will be rooting for her the whole way to the satisfying ending. This novel is a true gem and one that should be read and discussed. I loved the interspersed Tagalog words (glossary in back) and additional teachers guide. Exceptional for ages 10 and up. 

— From Staff Picks by Maureen


"If the middle grade Filipino American market had an audio representative, Abellera would be the reigning voice" — School Library Journal

*Winner of a Parents' Choice Silver Award*

This program includes a bonus conversation with the author.

An uplifting middle-grade debut about perseverance against all odds, Marie Miranda Cruz's debut Everlasting Nora follows the story of a young girl living in the real-life shanty town inside the Philippines’ North Manila Cemetery.

After a family tragedy results in the loss of both father and home, 12-year-old Nora lives with her mother in Manila’s North Cemetery, which is the largest shanty town of its kind in the Philippines today.

When her mother disappears mysteriously one day, Nora is left alone.

With help from her best friend Jojo and the support of his kindhearted grandmother, Nora embarks on a journey riddled with danger in order to find her mom. Along the way she also rediscovers the compassion of the human spirit, the resilience of her community, and everlasting hope in the most unexpected places.

“Heartwarming!”—Melissa de la Cruz

“A story of friendship and unrelenting hope.”—Erin Entrada Kelly

About the Author

MARIE MIRANDA CRUZ was born in the historic town of Cavite City, Philippines, a city established in the late 17th century of the Spanish Colonial period, and spent a large portion of her childhood and teenage years living around the country. Marie moved to the United States permanently after getting her degree in Biology and currently works as a medical technician. She always held a deep love for children's books and writing; Everlasting Nora is her first novel.

Praise For…

“Heartwarming and fun, with a fresh twist and a diverse cast of characters!” —Melissa de la Cruz, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Descendants series and Alex & Eliza: A Love Story

“A story of friendship and unrelenting hope. Readers will escape into a world unlike any other, and will be better for it.”—Erin Entrada Kelly, author of Hello, Universe and The Land of Forgotten Girls

“Marie Cruz’s vivid writing transported me into a thrilling, memorable adventure!” —Alex Gino, author of George

"Amielynn Abellera exuberantly narrates the story of 12-year-old Nora...Abellera adds zest to the story, peppering it with luscious descriptions of Filipino delicacies that contrast sharply with the gritty and desperate reality of cemetery life...listeners will be utterly seduced by her depiction of tender and tenacious Nora, who reminds us that hope can be found amid even the most wretched conditions." -AudioFile

"If the middle grade Filipino American market had an audio representative, [Amielynn] Abellera would be the reigning voice. Already the narrator of two of Newbery Medal winner and Filipina American Erin Entrada Kelly’s three middle grade titles, she is an energetic cipher for Cruz’s feisty 12-year-old Nora." -School Library Journal

Product Details
ISBN: 9781250304261
ISBN-10: 1250304261
Publisher: Macmillan Young Listeners
Publication Date: October 2nd, 2018
Language: English

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