Everlasting Nora: A Novel

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An uplifting young reader debut about perseverance against all odds, Marie Miranda Cruz's debut Everlasting Nora follows the story of a young girl living in the real-life shantytown inside the Philippines’ Manila North Cemetery.

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.

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. 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.

“Heartwarming!”—#1 New York Times Bestselling Author Melissa de la Cruz

“A story of friendship and unrelenting hope.”—Newbery Medalist Erin Entrada Kelly

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About the author

Writer and scientist MARIE MIRANDA CRUZ grew up in the Philippines and her work reflects her multicultural roots, both in the country of her birth and in her adopted California. Everlasting Nora is her debut novel.
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Publisher
Starscape
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Published on
Oct 2, 2018
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Pages
171
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ISBN
9780765394613
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Language
English
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Genres
Juvenile Fiction / Family / Parents
Juvenile Fiction / People & Places / Asia
Juvenile Fiction / Social Themes / Homelessness & Poverty
Juvenile Fiction / Social Themes / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
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