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Summer Reading 2022

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Why Choose This Book?

The Last Cuentista

by Donna Barbra Higuera

"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.... Petra alone now carries the stories of our past, and with them, any hope for our future. Can she make them live again?


"A keep-you-up-all-night, compulsively readable science fiction novel that offers much food for thought."

- School Library Journal, Starred Review

Awards and Honors

John Newberry Medal (2022, Winner) for "the most distinguished contributions to American literature for children."

Pura Belpré Medal (2022, Winner) for "a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth.".


Read this book if...

  • You like post-apocalyptic tales, space travel, and other aspects of speculative fiction.
  • You want to read something that is both fast paced and thoughtful.
  • You value the importance of stories to humanity.



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