The Total Eclipse of Nestor Lopez

The Total Eclipse of Nestor Lopez

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All twelve-year-old Nestor Lopez wants is to live in one place for more than a few months and have dinner with his dad, an Army sergeant deployed in Afghanistan. When he and his mother move to a new town to live with his grandmother, Nestor plans to lay low, and he certainly has no intention of letting anyone find out his deepest secret-that he can talk to animals. But when the animals in town start disappearing, and Nestor's grandmother is spotted in the woods where they were last seen, suspicion mounts against her. Nestor learns that they are being taken by a tule vieja, a witch who bites animals to gain their power, and his extraordinary ability is put front and center as he tries to catch the real culprit and clear his grandmother's name.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 145 x 217 x 29mm | 354g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0374313601
  • 9780374313609
  • 1,182,876

Review quote

2021 Pura Belpré Honor Book
NYPL Best Book of 2020
2020 Evanston Public Library Great Books for Kids A charming and vibrant debut fantasy. -- Kirkus Reviews Readers will devour this fast-paced adventure as they root for Nestor and his ragtag bunch of friends and animal allies . . . In a unique take on South and Central American folklore, Cuevas brings to life an earthly type of twisted magic that transcends spells and transfiguration, extending into the feelings of belonging and finding a true home. -- Booklist

With this heartwarming debut, Cuevas draws upon Central American legends and her Cuban heritage to flesh out Nestor's experiences . . . crafting a tense, satisfying tale of magic, family, and finding one's true home. -- Publisher's Weekly Cuevas crafts a riveting story based on folktales from Panama and Costa Rica. -- School Library Journal A marvelous, magical mystery that deftly blends family, friends and folklore. -- David Bowles, author of Pura Belpré Honor Book and Walter Dean Myers Honor Book They Call Me Güero and Pura Belpré Honor Book The Smoking Mirror

Mystery, adventure, humor, friendship, and...talking animals--The Total Eclipse of Nestor Lopez has it all! Readers will love this funny, fast-paced, heartwarming story. -- Celia C. Pérez, author of the Pura Belpre Honor book The First Rule of Punk and Strange Birds: A Field Guide to Ruffling Feathers
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About Adrianna Cuevas

Adrianna Cuevas is a first-generation Cuban American originally from Miami, Florida. After teaching Spanish and ESOL for sixteen years, she decided to pursue her passion for storytelling. Adrianna currently resides outside of Austin, Texas with her husband and son where they enjoy hiking, traveling, and cooking lots of Cuban food.
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Rating details

530 ratings
4.21 out of 5 stars
5 39% (209)
4 44% (232)
3 15% (80)
2 2% (8)
1 0% (1)
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