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All Nestor Lopez wants is to live in one place for more than a few months and have dinner with his dad.
When he and his mother move to a Texas to live with his grandmother after his dad's latest deployment, Nestor plans to lay low. He definitely doesn't want anyone to find out his deepest secret: that he can talk to animals.
But when the animals in his new town start disappe
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Published May 12th 2020 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
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Soren Henderson
Sep 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is my mom’s book. I think she did a good job.
Andrea Arango
Apr 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
When I was a kid, I was obsessed with stories about kids that could talk to animals. Books, movies, TV shows - I devoured them all. (And ok, I still do. 😂) So honestly, my expectations for this book were set *very* high, which is pretty much a surefire way of getting disappointed.

But oh my gosh I am OBSESSED. This book was everything I wanted it to be and more!! Tween Andrea would have absolutely had this book in her top 10 of all time and adult Andrea will 100% be purchasing a print copy and r
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Kathie
Dec 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Edelweiss+ and the publisher for an eARC of this book.

I've been waiting a very long time to finally get my hands on this book, so I was delighted to get an eARC. I was not definitely not disappointed.

Nestor struggles with being the new kid; his dad is in the military and their family has moved several times. His dad is currently deployed in Afghanistan and they are living with his abuela in Texas. He feels disconnected from his dad, and wishes that he could be more involved in his l
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Juliana Brandt
Nov 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Total Eclipse of Nestor Lopez was a complete delight to read. Adrianna Cuevas writes deftly of Nestor, who's experiencing the deep difficulties of living with a father who's currently overseas with the army. The storyline of Nestor's father being in the army were authentic and real, including the impact on Nestor, his mother, and his grandmother.

Intertwined in this is a wonderful comedic wit. I laughed over and over while reading. This helped smooth over the dark magic of the book and the sa
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Brianna
Apr 09, 2020 rated it liked it
ARC from @litreviewcrew! I loved the concept of a middle school student who can talk to animals choosing to save his new home from a tule vieja/witch and the mixture of Spanish and English dialogue. It was a very fun adventure story!

There were some points where I had a hard time following the story and a couple moments that the adults were so unbelievable it really took me out of the action, but overall, I really enjoyed this one!
David
Sep 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade, fantasy
A mind-blowing debut. Simply stunning.
Pam
Jun 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received an electronic ARC from Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) through Edelweiss+.
Nestor's dad is in the army and they've moved a lot during his military career. In fact, he is starting at this tenth school mid year in sixth grade. This time, they are living with his abuela so it's the first time he hasn't lived on a military base. Now, he's in a small town in Texas.
Cuevas shows the difficulty of always being the new kid in class as the story begins. Nestor also has a bit extra to hide as he
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Sierra Dertinger
Sixth-grade Nestor Lopez has moved 6 times and has had 10 first days of school. He just wants to live in one place for more than a few months. He ends up in New Haven, Texas with his mom to live with his grandmother. Before, he had to live on military bases so he's not so sure how this will go. He knows that with having his grandmother here, he will not be able to easily get out of chores and things around the house. No bueno.

Whats so special about Nestor is that he can talk to animals. He does
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Kate Waggoner
May 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-read
Thank you to #NetGalley and MacMillan Children's Publishing Group for allowing me to read a digital ARC of The Total Eclipse by Nestor Lopez by Adrianna Cuevas. This book is currently set to release on July 21, 2020. All opinions are my own.

Nestor Lopez wants nothing more than to spend more than a couple months living in one place. His dad is in the Army, so Nestor and his mom frequently move. This time, they've moved in with his abuela in a tiny town in Texas. His plan is to lay low and ensure
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Christina
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
With his father deployed thousands of miles away, Nestor thought this most recent move would be just like the others—he and his mother wouldn’t be staying long, so why unpack? Except this time, for the first time, he’s moved off base to live in New Haven with his abuela...and maybe it could start to really feel like a true home. THE TOTAL ECLIPSE OF NESTOR LOPEZ (releasing 5/12/20) by Adrianna Cuevas is a whimsical story full of magic, mystery, and adventure that was influenced by Panamanian and ...more
Margaret
Jun 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I just finished reading The Total Eclipse of Nestor Lopez. It is a marvelous book on so many levels. As a veteran teacher of almost 50 years I know both boys and girls will be so engrossed in the plot they'll definitely hide under the covers with a flashlight to finish it :-) Whether they are used to moving from school to school, or always feel like they don't fit in, or absolutely love animals every middle grade student will find themselves in Nestor, his friends, and their adventures. If you'r ...more
Marzie
Jul 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-edelweiss
Nestor Lopez is tired of moving. His father is an explosive ordinance disposal specialist currently serving in Afghanistan. Nestor Lopez has moved a lot over the past couple of years (five to be precise) and is so used to moving and changing schools that he pretty much doesn't bother to unpack or make real friends anymore. But he isn't lonely. In fact, he can hardly get a quiet moment. Because Nestor Lopez talks to and understands animals. On the positive, they offer a lot of advice and opinions ...more
Ms. Yingling
Feb 19, 2020 rated it liked it
E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus



Nestor and his mother move to Texas to live with his father's mother while his father is deployed. He's not happy, because this is his tenth first day of school in a new place, and it wasn't a necessary move. He refuses to unpack, because he knows the chances are good that he will have to move again. He does enjoy being with his abuela, who is a great cook, and he does make some friends at his school, including Maria Carmen and Talib. Nestor can hear animals talki
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A.J.
Was this story ever relatable as someone who moved to a new state every couple of years as a kid. Like Nestor, I got emotionally fatigued with all the relocations by the time I was middle school age, and it was hard for me to want to get to know kids at my new school (what was the point when we'd be moving again in a year, I figured).

I love stories that combine fantasy elements with real-world issues because it feels like the best of both worlds. Adrianna Cuevas provides a pitch-perfect blend of
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Tanya #TeacherReader
This book was a pleasant surprise. I tend to enjoy mostly realistic fiction because that is what I grew up with. There are many realistic parts in this one, but there is also enough fantasy to attract my students who really prefer to stay away from stories based in the real world. Nestor is an army kid who has been all over the country as his father was sent from base to base. His mother and he move to a small town in Texas to join his Abuela while his father is deployed to Afghanistan.

Nestor do
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Tanya #TeacherReader
This book was a pleasant surprise. I tend to enjoy mostly realistic fiction because that is what I grew up with. There are many realistic parts in this one, but there is also enough fantasy to attract my students who really prefer to stay away from stories based in the real world. Nestor is an army kid who has been all over the country as his father was sent from base to base. His mother and he move to a small town in Texas to join his Abuela while his father is deployed to Afghanistan.

Nestor do
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Jaynie
Jul 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
After nine “first-days” at nine different schools, Nestor Lopez knows the drill. Only unpack enough to get himself through a few months until his mother decides to move again, all while his father is deployed in Afghanistan. When Nestor moves for the tenth time, it is to his father’s hometown of New Haven, Texas to live with his Abuela. Not long after, Nestor is intrigued by rumors of a beast that roams the woods and has killed neighboring animals. Fortunately, his secret ability to talk to anim ...more
Michelle
Jul 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received this audio book from Libro.fm and very much enjoyed listening to this 4 hour book.

With his father serving in the Army, moves are frequent and Nestor and his mom and settling in to another new home. This move is different from all others because they are moving in with Nestor’s abuela. Cuban history and a scattering of Spanish is sprinkled throughout the story. Additionally, Nestor’s thoughts and feelings of having a parent deployed are explored.

But Nestor has a secret - he has the a
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Tanya
Aug 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I first heard about this book, I had a feeling I would LOVE it. And boy, was I right. This is the kind of fantasy that I adore reading—a realistic, contemporary setting with just the right amount of magic to make it fun. I felt such a kinship to Nestor, even though I was never an army kid, I did move schools a lot as a kid. All his feelings and worries are so genuine, and his coping mechanisms were on point. I'm also a sucker for MG books featuring grandparents, and Buela (as Nestor calls h ...more
Diana Johnson
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Total Eclipse of Nestor Lopez by Adrianna Cuevas is a fun, heartfelt, educational read. Kids will love Nestor’s ability to talk to animals, even if some of them are snarky. Yes, I’m talking about you Cuervito! I truly felt all of Nestor’s emotions, happy and sad. Nestor’s dad is deployed in Afghanistan and I think children who have deployed parents will identify with Nestor and the dynamic that brings to families. The story has a wonderful balance of edge-of-your-seat moments and meaningful ...more
Mary
Apr 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
I'm not usually one for magical realism in my middle grade novels but this books was really fun and interesting. Nestor just moved, again, with his mom to Texas to live with his Abuela. His father is in the Army and has been deployed, again. Nestor usually tries not to get too attached to the people or places he moves to since he knows it's always temporary. Nestor, however, quickly finds himself with two new friends and as a member of the trivia club. He also finds himself immersed in a mystery ...more
Beth Mendelsohn
Jun 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley-arc-s
Thank you to NetGalley for this e-ARC in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Nestor Lopez is not your typical sixth-grader. His dad is in the military so he and his mom move around a lot. He is a fantastic artist. Oh, and he can talk to animals. Nestor and his mother are now staying with his paternal abuela in New Haven, Texas, where nothing ever happens. Except recently, animals have gone missing – livestock, pets, and wild animals. Turns out there’s a witch hanging out in th
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Ryan
Jul 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars

Thank you to NetGalley and Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group for an advanced digital copy of this book.

Thank you to Libro.fm for an advanced listening copy of this book.

Such a great read! I can not wait to add this to my classroom library. The relationships between the friends was really refreshing to read about. I also really like the fantasy element to the story. Nestor being able to talk to animals and the mystery aspect of the witch.

I truly believe that representation in the
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Lauren
Aug 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids-mid-grade
Nestor has moved for the sixth time. He’s started at ten different schools. So when he and his mother move in with his abuela in New Haven, Texas while his dad is deployed, Nestor doesn’t think they’ll stay long. He’s never gotten to make real friends before or really felt like a place was “home”.

But thanks to his special gift of being able to communicate with animals, Nestor discovers something is amiss in New Haven. The local animals are scared and disappearing, Nestor’s abuela sneaks into the
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Lori Keckler
Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed The Total Eclipse of Nestor Lopez by Adrianna Cuevas. Even my daughter who normally shys away from anything fantasy was easily able to jump into this book. The author does such a fine job of weaving a few fantasy elements (especially the snarky, witty animals-I LOVED this!) with real elements such as Nestor's dad being away, being the new kid and living with his Cuban grandmother (really, we should all be so lucky to have Nestor's grandmother even if she does take a knife into t ...more
Kimberly Zook
Mar 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Reading this book made me laugh and cry and genuinely feel connected to Nestor and the story. This is a beautiffuly crafted story that kept me turning pages while letting each page sink in.

This story rings true of what life is like for a kid who's parent is in the military, and yet anyone can relate to Nestor and his path because Cuevas has done such a fantastic job giving the main character depth.

In addition to the main character being so well-developed and the story written beautifully, I al
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Katie Mac
I received an eARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Nestor Lopez is having a tough time; he and his mom have moved in with his abuela while his dad is deployed in Afghanistan. In addition to having to make new friends, his ability to talk to animals leads him to find out that there's something strange going on in the woods...

This is a fun mix of realism and fantasy that will be accessible to any middle-grade reader--plus, there's talking animals, which is always an en
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Karen McKenna
Jun 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
I could tell that this story was written by a teacher or someone who has a strong sense of developing readers' needs. The story moved quickly. The action scenes were not drawn out. There were several times when I thought, "Wow- things couldn't possibly get worse right now for the characters," and then it did! While it definitely took suspension of reality to accept much of the story, especially the end, this is an adventure that students will enjoy and a villain that they will love to hate. I re ...more
Jacquelyn
Jul 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Something strange is happening in New Haven, Texas. Animals are disappearing and sightings of unusual animals have been reported. Nestor is new to town and has moved in with his abuela. He and his friends try to defeat a shapeshifting tule vieja. Nestor has a special gift that allows him to talk and understand animals. Will this be enough to beat the power-hungry witch?
This magical book was entertaining and easy to read. So many of my students will be able to relate to Nestor, because he is alwa
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Carli
Jul 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to Libro.fm’s Educator ALC program and FSG Books for the advance audio copy of this book. It’s out 7.21.20!

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5. Nestor Lopez and his family move a lot since his dad is in the military. This time, he and his mom are moving in with his abuela while his father is deployed in Afghanistan. Nestor has the new kid thing down, but this town has animals disappearing right and left, with something in the woods responsible. He uses his ability to speak with animals to find out that a witch i
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Adrianna Cuevas is a first-generation Cuban-American originally from Miami, Florida. A Spanish, ESOL and TOEFL teacher, Adrianna currently resides in Austin, Texas with her husband and son. When not working with TOEFL students, wrangling multiple pets including an axolotl, and practicing fencing with her son, she is writing her next middle grade novel.

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