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Friday’s With Mayra Calvani

Posted on: December 17, 2010

              Tortilla Sun
              By Jennifer Cervantes
              Chronicle Books
              ISBN: 978-0-8118-7015-3
              Copyright: 2010
              224 pages, $16.99
              Middle-grade novel
              Reviewed by Mayra Calvani

              Izzy’s life changes forever when she discovers an old
              baseball hidden inside one of her mother’s boxes.
              The baseball has a mysterious inscription on it:
              “Because   magic.” Izzy is instantly intrigued by
              the missing word or words, and even more so when
              she learns that the ball used to belong to her father,
              who died before Izzy was born. When her mother
              must make a trip to South America, Izzy is sent to
              spend the summer with her grandmother in a remote
              village in New Mexico. Whispering winds, tortilla
              making, and enchanted landscapes are just some of
              the things Izzy encounters as she tries to solve the
              mystery of the baseball and discover the truth about
              her father’s tragic death.

              Jennifer Cervantes’ debut middle-grade novel
              combines magic with the Latino flavor of the
              southwest. Young readers will sympathize with our
              sensitive, feisty protagonist as she finds herself in
              this sweet coming-of-age story. Cervantes’ prose
              flows simply and beautifully, and her well-crafted,
              uncomplicated plot reaches an exciting, satisfying
              crescendo towards the end. There”s a good mix of
              happy and sad moments, providing the reader with a
              fair balance of fantasy and reality.

              About the reviewer:

             Award-winning author Mayra Calvani writes fiction and
              nonfiction for children and adults. In addition, she is co-
              editor of Voice in the Dark ezine and a reviewer for The
              New York Journal of Books, Blogcritics
              Magazine’s “Kiddie Corner,” and
              She’s had over 300 reviews, interviews, stories, and
              articles published in print and online. Mayra is a 
              member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers 
              and illustrators (SCBWI) and the Children’s Writer’s
             Coaching Club.

              Visit her website at


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