Title: Everlasting Nora
Author: Marie Miranda Cruz
Publication Date: October 2nd 2018
Genre: Children’s/MG, Realistic Fiction
An uplifting middle-grade 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 shanty town inside the Philippines’ North Manila 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 shanty town 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.
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violence, child abuse, classism, extreme poverty / hunger, kidnapping, descriptions of blood and other serious injuries
TBH, this is the first book written by a Filipino author that I’ve read and I’m so glad I get to join the tour!
I’ve read a lot of books. And all of them are set in different locations. Sure, I’ve read some that mentioned Philippines. Having a great tale set in your country, there’s really that proud feeling in it.
Okay, I must say, I was really excited to be able to start on this one and oh boy I must tell you that it did not disappoint! Thanks to Everlasting Nora, I was able to get out of another slump. I was actually able to finish it in just a day.
I. COULDN’T. STOP. READING. I swear this book will surely take its readers by storm. I read chapter after chapter and I was totally absorbed by Nora’s story.
The book is a great read for our young people but I personally think that it should be read by everyone. This contains issues that’s happening in real life. It may be a little extreme because some scenes seems to be really graphic but it’s the ugly truth.
As much as Everlasting Nora is an entertaining read, it also is an eye opener. I’ve got this tight feeling in my chest while reading some of the scenes because Nora is so young to experience a lot of challenges in life. The story was heartbreaking and enlightening at the same time.
Not to turn a blind eye, this may be a work of fiction but everything’s true. Less privileged people live in the cemetery or just on the side of the road. And it’s harder for them to earn money and find jobs that sometimes, they accidentally get into trouble. By reading this, I realized that I’m blessed to be able to live the life I have.
I applaud the author for writing such a masterpiece. I was left speechless in the end. And in awe actually. I had a few proud tears because it was really heartfelt. The book would really make you feel things you wouldn’t expect from a story.
This may be intended for younger readers (MG), but it carries a very powerful message. Everlasting Nora made me feel more proud on being a Filipino. I look forward to read more of the author’s works. Overall, I rate Everlasting Nora by Marie Miranda Cruz, 5 out of 5 stars!
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