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"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.

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©2018 Marie Miranda Cruz (P)2018 Macmillan Audio

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“Heartwarming!” (Melissa de la Cruz, author)

“A story offriendship and unrelenting hope.” (Erin Entrada Kelly, author)

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  • Rebecca
  • 05-02-19

Beautiful Story Full of Hope

I really loved this book. In many ways, it reminded of a Filipino version of the wonderful Dreamworks film, Coco. I saw this book on a blog tour and had to purchase it. My father was Filipino but I was raised in the continental United States. I love to read about the Philippines and I hope to visit in person some day. Although this book was written for middle grade readers, I thoroughly enjoyed it. The author beautifully engages with a very challenging topic. The entire story is full of hope, resiliency, and Filipino culture.

I was particularly delighted with the audiobook because I really enjoyed hearing the Tagalog language spoken around. The audiobook also includes a very interesting little interview with the author at the end.

If you're interested in Filipino culture or just enjoy a well told story, I highly recommend this book!