"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
"Cruz offers an important and engaging tale. At its heart, this is a story about friendship and family--the one we're born into and the one we make.... This moving title should find a place in all libraries looking for authentic and powerful middle grade stories." --School Library Journal, starred review
"Nora's story is a tribute to Filipino children, and readers of all backgrounds will find themselves immersed in the culture, learning bits of Tagalog and longing to savor the delicacies described throughout such as biko, champorado, and banana-que. Cruz's touching debut breathes life, beauty and everlasting hope into a place where danger lurks and the dead rest." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review
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About the Author:
"Marie Miranda Cruz was born in the Philippines. She spent most of her formative years moving between her hometown, Cavite City, and several cities in the United States while her father served in the United States Navy. When her dad retired, she moved back to the Philippines where she completed both high school and college. The first holiday she experienced in the Philippines was All Saints Day. It was this experience that inspired her to write her first novel, Everlasting Nora.
Marie now lives in Los Angeles with her family and a tank of fighting fish. When she isn’t writing books for kids, she may be analyzing chromosomes in a genetics lab, reading a good book, or knitting ponchos and fingerless gloves."
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An uplifting young reader 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 shantytown inside the Philippines' Manila North 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 shantytown 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.