Everlasting Nora

Everlasting Nora

Book - 2018
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After surviving a fire in which her father dies, Nora and her mother live in a cemetery, but when her mother disappears and a loan shark steals her savings, Nora finds support from her cemetery neighbors to earn some money and search for her mother.
Publisher: New York : Starscape, 2018.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780765394590
0765394596
Branch Call Number: XF CRUZ, MARIE
Characteristics: 287 pages ; 22 cm

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darladoodles
Dec 29, 2018

Nora lives with her mother in a cemetery in Manila -- in the mausoleum where her father was buried after dying in their apartment fire. She is no longer able to attend school and has been selling everlasting daisy necklaces and helping her mother do laundry for other people to earn enough money to go live with Tito Danny in the country. Then one night her mother does not come home and Nora's world goes even more topsy turvy. You can't help but root for Nora and your heart breaks as she runs into one setback after another. Reading this story reminds us all of the need for compassion and hope and that we are never alone.

I especially appreciated the context clues in the prose for the Philippino terms used in the story as well as the little glossary in the back of the book. This would be an excellent classroom resource for middle grade students. Activities and discussion questions are included in the book for during and after reading.

OPL_AmyW Aug 11, 2018

After her father dies in a fire that also destroys their home, Nora and her mother are forced to move in a cemetery shantytown. After her mother disappears leaving a string of gambling debts, Nora must find a way to survive as she searches the streets for any sign that her mother is alive. This new, middle grade tale of resilience, set in the Philippines, highlights the importance of family and the ways small acts of compassion can change a person's life. Readers will be intrigued by the unique Philippine culture and Nora's distinct voice which comes through on every page. Recommended for grades 4-6.

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