Alebrijes (Hardcover)

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Yes, yes, yes! I absolutely loved The Last Cuentista, but I loved this book even more! Hundreds of years in the future, Earth is barren, and humans are at the brink of extinction. For Leandro and his sister Gabi, they have a choice to make: try to continue to survive in the strict and cruel city of Pocatel where they are outcasts slowly dying of starvation and disease, or face the unforgiving wilderness. There are so many deep layers and round, complex characters in this novel, and I am now a hard-core fan of Donna Barbara Higuera and can't wait to read more from her!

— Kalli

WOW!! I thought that The Last Cuentista was amazing, this one was even better! I never knew that I could love a dystopian novel so much. Leonardo, Osa, Charlie, Selah, and Gabi all the other characters work together and fight in this hopeful adventure to redefine what it means to be human.

— Rebecca G

Wow! There are not enough dystopian books for kids that are this good! Alebrijes is a wholly unique adventure that is at times terrifying and at others heartfelt. Truly unlike anything I've ever read before. And then that ending! Oh, you'll want this and every one of Higuera's books.

— Jacey

Description


PURA BELPRÉ HONOR WINNER

BEST OF THE YEAR
New York Times · Kirkus · Booklist · Chicago Public Library

The follow-up to Newbery and Pura Belpré Award-winning The Last Cuentista


For 400 years, Earth has been a barren wasteland. The few humans that survive scrape together an existence in the cruel city of Pocatel – or go it alone in the wilderness beyond, filled with wandering spirits and wyrms. They don’t last long.

13 year-old pickpocket Leandro and his sister Gabi do what they can to forge a life in Pocatel. The city does not take kindly to Cascabel like them – the descendants of those who worked the San Joaquin Valley for generations.

When Gabi is caught stealing precious fruit from the Pocatelan elite, Leando takes the fall. But his exile proves more than he ever could have imagined -- far from a simple banishent, his consciousness is placed inside an ancient drone and left to fend on its own. But beyond the walls of Pocatel lie other alebrijes like Leandro who seek for a better world -- as well as mutant monsters, wasteland pirates, a hidden oasis, and the truth.

From Donna Barba Higuera, Newbery and Pura Belpré Medal-winning author of The Last Cuentista, comes another novel to astonish us and create a whole new imaginative world, that holds a mirror to our own.

7 STARRED REVIEWS

★ “An instant classic.”
School Library Journal (starred)

★ "Breathtaking… A ferociously epic and beautiful middle-grade dystopian novel.”
Shelf Awareness (starred)

★ “Combines humanity and technology with imaginative splendor.”
Foreword (starred)

★ “This heartfelt adventure signals hope for humanity, even in the aftermath of darkness.”
Kirkus (starred)

★ “High-stakes adventure… Beautiful, imaginative writing fills this dystopian sf novel. Though it exposes cruelty and corruption, it raises up storytelling, culture, and kindness as stronger yet… A wondrous addition to any collection.”
Booklist (starred)

★ “This stellar speculative narrative explores themes of identity across circumstance, centering an adolescent without structural power working to protect family and community.”
Publishers Weekly (starred)

★ “Higuera brilliantly balances the heaviness of a dystopian future of a ruined Earth with her own blend of science fiction and Mexican folkloric elements once Leandro leaves his human body… Leandro and his unflinching dedication to an uplifting view of humanity that will spark engagement from the first page and linger in the minds of readers well after they finish the novel.”
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (starred)

“With its social and environmental commentary, this fast-paced and imaginative novel tackles issues of deception and control and leaves one with a sense of wonder that a single flap of a wing or a solitary voice can bring about unimaginable change.”
Horn Book

About the Author


Donna Barba Higuera grew up in Central California and now lives in the Pacific Northwest. She has spent her entire life blending folklore with her experiences into stories that fill her imagination. Donna is the author of El Cucuy Is Scared, Too!; the forthcoming The Yellow Handkerchief; Lupe Wong Won’t Dance, winner of a Pura Belpré Honor and a PNBA award; and The Last Cuentista, winner of the Newbery Medal and the Pura Belpré Medal.
 
Visit her at www.dbhiguera.com. 

Praise For…


“With its social and environmental commentary, this fast-paced and imaginative novel tackles issues of deception and control and leaves one with a sense of wonder that a single flap of a wing or a solitary voice can bring about unimaginable change.” — Horn Book

[STAR] “Alebrijes is breathtaking… A ferociously epic and beautiful middle-grade dystopian novel.” — Shelf Awareness (starred)

[STAR] “Higuera brilliantly balances the heaviness of a dystopian future of a ruined Earth with her own blend of science fiction and Mexican folkloric elements once Leandro leaves his human body… Leandro and his unflinching dedication to an uplifting view of humanity that will spark engagement from the first page and linger in the minds of readers well after they finish the novel.” — Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (starred)

[STAR] “The captivating novel Alebrijes combines humanity and technology with imaginative splendor.” — Foreword (starred)

[STAR] “An instant classic.”— School Library Journal (starred)



[STAR] “This stellar speculative narrative explores themes of identity across circumstance, centering an adolescent without structural power working to protect family and community.”— Publishers Weekly (starred)



[STAR] “This heartfelt adventure signals hope for humanity, even in the aftermath of darkness.”— Kirkus (starred)



[STAR] “High-stakes adventure… Beautiful, imaginative writing fills this dystopian SF novel. Though it exposes cruelty and corruption, it raises up storytelling, culture, and kindness as stronger yet… A wondrous addition to any collection.” — Booklist (starred)



“Engrossing.” — The Guardian


Product Details
ISBN: 9781646142637
ISBN-10: 1646142632
Publisher: Levine Querido
Publication Date: October 3rd, 2023
Pages: 416
Language: English