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Donna Barba Higuera

The Last Cuentista

The Last Cuentista

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Winner of the John Newbery Medal
Winner of the Pura Belpré Award

Best of the Year • TIMEWall Street Journal Publishers Weekly School Library Journal Kirkus Reviews

From Pura Belpré Award winner and Newbery Medalist, Donna Barba Higuera—a brilliant journey through the stars, to the very heart of what makes us human.

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?

"Gripping in its twists and turns, and moving in its themes—truly a beautiful cuento." —New York Times

"Clever and compelling … wonderfully subversive." —The Wall Street Journal

"Gripping, euphonious, and full of storytelling magic." —Publishers Weekly

"A strong, heroic character, fighting incredible odds to survive and protect others." —School Library Journal

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