After a family tragedy results in the loss of both father and home, 12-year-old Nora lives with her mother in Manila's North Cemetery, which is the largest shantytown of its kind in the Philippines today. When her mother disappears mysteriously one day, Nora is left alone, and too embarrassed to call on family and friends for help. With help from her best friend Jojo and the support of his kindhearted grandmother, Nora embarks on a journey riddled with danger in order to find her mom.
Her quest forces her to face difficult truths about her mother's gambling addiction — and the danger and violence that it attracts. Along the way she also rediscovers the compassion of the human spirit, the resilience of her community, and everlasting hope in the most unexpected places. This poignant story, with its courageous heroine and vivid descriptions of Filipino culture, will give young readers new perspectives on the challenges faced by kids around the world.
"Debut author Cruz doesn’t shy away from Nora’s reality — her unreliable, grieving mother, the family’s extreme poverty, the violence of the gambling world — but she also weaves a story of hope in darkness and creates a courageous, resilient heroine to root for. Cruz’s rich descriptions of Filipino culture, most notably the food, intensify the sense of place and proffer bright spots in Nora’s difficult situation." — Publishers Weekly
|Recommended Age||10 - 13|
|Author||Marie Miranda Cruz|
|Publication Date||Oct 2, 2018|