What would you do if you were confronted with a mystery about your father, and your mother won’t talk about it? Izzy’s mother has always been restless. After many moves in California, they have just moved again. While unpacking, Izzy comes across her father’s old baseball with the mysterious words, "Because… Love," written on one side. The words between have been rubbed out. Her mother has never told Izzy anything about her father, except that he died before Izzy was born.
Izzy likes to wr...more
Izzy doesn’t know her grandmother very well, and she’s not at all happy about being dumped for a couple of months while her mom is gone. But once she arrives at the small adobe village near Albuquerque, magic starts to happen. As Izzy begins to discover...more
Izzy's dad died before she was born, and her mom loves her very much, but moves her around a lot. This summer, her mom is heading out to do research and Izzy is stuck visiting her grandmother for the summer. The horror!
The story continues along, unfolding prettily. There is magic in the world, and especially in the little village. Izzy wins races, learns t...more
Now, really curious, Izzy finds and stashes the ball so her mom won't see it.
Unexpectedly a grant comes through for Mom to study in Costa Rica and Izzy must go visit her Nana in New Mexico. Izzy really does not want to do this but is given no choice...more
Izzy learns about folk medicine, songs, how to make tortillas and a lot about her heritage and how to deal with grief.
This book is filled with the smells, sounds and folklore of Hispanic culture. There...more
If you're traveling to New Mexico, or are homesick for New Mexico and are looking for a good read for the upper elementary set, this would be a good bet. It was an enjoyable r...more
I'm always looking for books with Latino culture and was very happy to have found this one. There...more
When Izzy is shipped off to her grandmother's village, she starts to put the pieces of her early life together - how did her father die? Is the baseball she found full of magic? Why does she hear words on the wind? Pick this up an...more
I did like the idea of Izzy's story cards ... could have students write their own beginnings and then have others continue them? Could also develop a lesson on famous first lines, the power of a hook ... relate to music as well. Although I am now so decrepit, the kids probably won't recognize any of the songs that would firs...more
My journey through the story touched something bigger in my soul. I love Young Adult books and read at least one a week. But, I haven't read one like Tortilla Sun that touched me so deeply since Return to Sender by Alvarez or Star Girl by Spinelli.
http://wp.me/pPp61-6p my full review will be up on Monday June 28, 2010.
This is a great story of how a daughter helped her mother overcome grief of losing a loved one by returning to her roots.
I am the author of the newly released middle grade novel TORTILLA SUN.
"Cervantes's prose is lean and lightly spiced with evocative metaphor." School Library Journal
"An imaginative, yet grounded novel." Publishers Weekly
"A beautiful and engaging debut novel." Kirkus
Tortilla Sun -- When twelve-year-old Izzy discov...more