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

Thanks, Jennifer!