Author: Marie Miranda Cruz
Genre: Children’s Books, Middle Grade
Pub Date: October 2, 2018
Taken from Goodreads
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 resiliency of her community, and everlasting hope in the most unexpected places.
Thank you so much to NetGalley, MacMillan-Tor/Forge and the author Marie Miranda Cruz for this advanced copy of Everlasting Nora, that will be released in just two weeks(October 2, 2018).
This story was so unique and beautifully written, I did not want to put it down! Nora, a twelve- year-old, is living day by day in a cemetery after a fire took their home and her father, leaving Nora and her mother alone. Her mother wasn’t making the best decisions for them either as she was getting them further behind with gambling debts.
I was really cheering for Nora as she had to endure so much disappointment and shame, yet had to carry the burden of providing for her and her mother. She wanted to so badly go to school, live in a real home and feel like a normal little girl again with a bright future.
I really appreciated reading a children’s book that highlighted some of the realities of homelessness, I think this is very important for children to understand how some families struggle.
As sad as the story is, I still really enjoyed reading it and was very satisfied with the ending. In the author’s note at the end, she discusses her inspiration for the story which made me love having read it all the more! 💗 My opinions are all my own.
Have you read Everlasting Nora, or plan to? Happy reading friends!
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