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Donna Barba Higuera

Middle Grade and Picture Book Author Newbery Medal and Pura Belpré Award Winner
New York Times Best Seller

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Donna Barba Higuera

Author and Storyteller

Donna grew up in Central California surrounded by agricultural and oil fields. As a child, rather than dealing with the regular dust devils, she preferred spending recess squirreled away in the janitor’s closet with a good book. Her favorite hobbies were...

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"A unique picture book featuring two very unlikely friends who show young readers the importance of supporting one another and discover that everyone has fears of their own. VERDICT A sweet choice for most picture book collections."

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"This is the work of a true cuentista: gripping, euphonious (“The wind carried it off far away into the stars”), and full of storytelling magic."

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"In the context of middle grade literature, Higuera’s novel delivers on virtually every level. It’s remarkably funny, but many of the moments of levity are meaningful. Higuera has knocked it out of the park."

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Can the stories of the past, save the future?

Can the stories of the past, save the future?

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? Pura Belpré Honor-winning author Donna Barba Higuera presents us with a brilliant journey through the stars, to the very heart of what makes us human. SHOP LOCAL: BOOKSELLERS + LIBRARIANS CHECK OUT OUR EDELWEISS: LQ SOCIAL MEDIA LEVINE QUERIDO ✨📚 Levine Querido is an independent publisher of the finest children’s books in the world. LQ is seeking out the writing and artwork of exceptionally talented creators, with a distinct focus on building a platform for previously underrepresented voices. Video Producer - Damien Middlefeldt #ownvoices #weneeddiversebooks #levinequerido #kidlit
Donna Barba Higuera | THE LAST CUENTISTA with Nick Thomas

Donna Barba Higuera | THE LAST CUENTISTA with Nick Thomas

Politics & Prose, Loyalty Books, and East City Book Shop present Donna Barba Higuera in conversation w/ Nick Thomas about THE LAST CUENTISTA. Click here to purchase THE LAST CUENTISTA: Washington, DC area Bookstores Politics and Prose , Loyalty Books and East City Bookshop present a conversation between Donna Barba Higuera and Nick Thomas about The Last Cuentista. Petra wakes up on a new planet after traveling for centuries away from a destroyed Earth. She soon finds that she is the only one among those specially chosen for the journey who remembers any of her past on Earth. The sinister Collective has been purging memories of those aboard the ship leaving Petra as the lone bringer of Earth's now forbidden stories and her grandmother's Mexican folklore and its wisdom to a changing humanity. Donna Barba Higuera is the author of the middle grade novel Lupe Wong Won’t Dance which received a Pura Belpré Honor Award in 2020 and the picture book El Cucuy is Scared Too. Donna has spent her whole life blending folklore with her experiences into stories that fill her imagination. Nick Thomas is a Senior Editor with Levine Querido. Previously, he was Senior Editor at Arthur A. Levine Books, where he started as an Editorial Assistant. He has also held positions with Bloomsbury, Chicken House, and David Fickling Books before returning to his Arthur A Levine Books roots. He edits middle grade and young adult books, and looks for stories that change something about you by the time you’re finished. Ages 10-14 -----------------------------------------------------Be Sure To Click SUBSCRIBE--------------------------------------------------------------- Visit us online at: Follow us on Twitter: Follow us on instagram: Like us on Facebook: Follow Us On TikTok: Subscribe to our e-mail newsletter: Founded by Carla Cohen and Barbara Meade in 1984, Politics and Prose Bookstore is Washington, D.C.'s premier independent bookstore and cultural hub, a gathering place for people interested in reading and discussing books. Politics and Prose offers superior service, unusual book choices, and a haven for book lovers in the store and online.
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