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“Through Petra’s gut-wrenching, tenderly crafted narrative arc, author Higuera explores how story can awaken empathy, hope, and even resistance in an audience. This is the work of a true cuentista: gripping, euphonious, and full of storytelling magic.”
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The Last Cuentista

Written by Donna and Barba Higuera
Published by Levine Querido

Había una vez…

There lived a girl named Petra Peña, who wanted nothing more than to be a storyteller, like her abuelita.

But Petra’s world is ending. Earth has been destroyed by a comet, and only a few hundred scientists and their children – among them Petra and her family – have been chosen to journey to a new planet. They are the ones who must carry on the human race.

Hundreds of years later, Petra wakes to this new planet – and the discovery that she is the only person who remembers Earth. A sinister Collective has taken over the ship during its journey, bent on erasing the sins of humanity’s past. They have systematically purged the memories of all aboard – or purged them altogether.

Petra alone now carries the stories of our past, and with them, any hope for our future. Can she make them live again?

Primary ISBN: 9781646140893
Available As: Hardcover, Audiobook, eBook
Young Adult, Age 12 or older

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