A Novel

Book - 2013
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"A young girl tells the story of her family's tragic demise using a deck of cards of the eponymous Latin American game of chance. With her older sister Estrella in the ICU and her father in jail, eleven-year-old Luz Castillo has been taken into the custody of the state. Alone in her room, she retreats behind a wall of silence, writing in her journal and shuffling through a deck of lotería cards. Each of the cards' colourful images - mermaids, bottles, spiders, death, and stars - sparks a random memory. Pieced together, these snapshots bring into focus the joy and pain of the young girl's life, and the events that led to her present situation. But just as the story becomes clear, a breathtaking twist changes everything. Beautiful full-colour images of lotería cards are featured throughout this intricate and haunting novel."--Publisher.
Publisher: New York : Harper, ©2013.
ISBN: 9780062268549
Characteristics: 272 pages :,colour illustrations ;,20 cm


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Jan 31, 2017

I borrowed the audio book and was captivated by the story which was enhanced by the reader. She captured the character of Luz perfectly. Somehow I wondered if I was missing something by not borrowing the actual book and seeing the loteria cards. The story stands on its own.

Aug 27, 2013

I loved seeing all the lotería cards in this book, and the voice of the girl narrator comes through very well. Some reviewers thought the cards didn't work as a narrative device, but I can see how she would use them as prompts for telling her own difficult story.

madison382 Aug 06, 2013

This book is well written and keep your interest until the end,

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