The Last Cuentista


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$18.99  $17.66
Levine Querido
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6.0 X 8.65 X 1.15 inches | 1.22 pounds

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About the Author

Donna Barba Higuera grew up in Central California and now lives in the Pacific Northwest. She has spent her entire life blending folklore with her experiences into stories that fill her imagination. Now she weaves them to write picture books and novels. Donna's first book, Lupe Wong Won't Dance, won a Sid Fleischman Award for Humor and a Pura Belpré Honor.

Her second novel, The Last Cuentista, received the John Newbery Medal and the Pura Belpré Award. It was named one of the Best Books of the Year by the Boston Globe, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Wall Street Journal, and TIME.


[STAR] "A strong, heroic character, fighting incredible odds to survive and protect others."- School Library Journal (starred),

[STAR] "Gripping, euphonious, and full of storytelling magic."- Publishers Weekly (starred),

[STAR] "Higuera spins a tale that crosses the depths of space, interweaving Mexican folklore with a mystical strand of science fiction."- Kirkus (starred),

"The Last Cuentista is heartwarming and heartbreaking all at once, and centers family, community, and the oral histories that keep us together.",

"Readers will find in The Last Cuentista a promise that the past is not the enemy of the future, but a gift that grants the perspective to meet that future with compassion and bravery." - Bookpage,

"The brilliance of Higuera's narrative is that it shows rather than tells us the power of story. As Petra shares her tales and they guide her shipmates out of darkness, readers will find corners of their own hearts illuminated as well. This book is gripping in its twists and turns, and moving in its themes - truly a beautiful cuento." - New York Times,

"Clever and compelling . wonderfully subversive." - The Wall Street Journal,

[STAR] "Pura Belpré Honor-winning author Donna Barba Higuera (Lupe Wong Won't Dance) deftly blends Mexican folklore with science fiction in this thrilling and emotional post-apocalyptic novel."-Shelf-Awareness (starred),