Marie Miranda Cruz has spent a lot of her life in both the Philippines and the United States. Besides being a talented author, Cruz has a degree in biology and currently works as a medical technician. Her debut middle grade novel, Everlasting Nora, follows a twelve-year-old girl in the Philippines who becomes homeless after losing her father and her home to a fire. Kirkus Reviews describes Nora’s story as 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 will be joined in conversation with Barrie Summy who is the author of the middle grade mystery, The Disappearance of Emily H and the So I Don’t Do series.
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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.