Signing & Reading of, “Everlasting Nora” by Marie Miranda Cruz

An uplifting young reader debut about perseverance, hope, and family, Everlasting Nora follows a girl living in the real-life shanty town inside the Philippines’ Manila North Cemetery.

After a family tragedy results in the loss of both father and home, twelve-year-old Nora lives with her mother in Manila’s North Cemetery, which is the largest shantytown of its kind in the Philippines.

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.

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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