The Last Cuentista

The Last Cuentista

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From Pura Belpré Honor-winner Donna Barba Higuera--a brilliant journey through the stars, to the very heart of what makes us human.


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


★ This tale packs a wallop. Exquisite.-- Kirkus Reviews (starred)


★ Gripping, euphonious, and full of storytelling magic.-- Publishers Weekly (starred)


★ A strong, heroic character, fighting incredible odds to survive and protect others.-- School Library Journal (starred)


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?