Book Briefs: Jennifer Cervantes

Book Briefs: an interview series where authors talk about...what else?  Books! Jennifer Cervantes' debut middle-grade novel, Tortilla Sun, came out earlier this month from Chronicle Publishing.      

What book are you reading right now?  Eighth Grade Superzero by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich, a fellow Tenner :-)

Your favorite children’s book:  As a child, Little Witch by Anna Bennett.  As an adult, I couldn't say - I love SO many! 

Your favorite non-fiction book:  Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott

Your favorite classic (read: book they made you read in school) book: Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens. 

The last book that made you laugh: Bud Not Buddy by Christopher Paul.  

The last book that made you cry:  The Hunger Games.  There were a couple of touching scenes that made me tear up.

The last book you recommended to a friend:  Book Thief by Marcus Zusak and The Line by Teri Hall.

A novel you’ve re-read (and re-read): Since I teach children's and young adult literature at the university, I re-read lots of books, but one of my favorites to re-read is The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron.

One sentence that gives the gist of your book best:

Starlight danced across the angel's face and for just a moment I didn't feel so alone.  And I soon realized I wasn't, because I heard a hushed male voice coming from behind the walls.

Avoiding spoilers, a 1-2 sentence passage from your book that you really like:

Sometimes you can't see the magic, you just know it's there because you can feel it.

You can learn more about Jennifer and Tortilla Sun at her website www.jennifercervantes.com.

Thanks, Jennifer!