The Total Eclipse of Nestor Lopez
All Nestor Lopez wants is to live in one place for more than a few months and have dinner with his dad.When he and his mother move to a Texas to live with his grandmother after his dad's latest deployment, Nestor plans to lay low. He definitely doesn't want anyone to find out his deepest secret: that he can talk to animals.But when the animals in his new town start disappearing, Nestor's grandmother becomes the prime suspect after she is spotted in the woods where they were last seen. As Nestor investigates the source of the disappearances, he learns that they are being seized by a tule vieja- a witch who can absorb an animal's powers by biting it during a solar eclipse. And the next eclipse is just around the corner...Now it's up to Nestor's extraordinary ability and his new friends to catch the tule vieja- and save a place he just might call home.

The Total Eclipse of Nestor Lopez Details

TitleThe Total Eclipse of Nestor Lopez
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMay 12th, 2020
PublisherFarrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Rating
GenreChildrens, Middle Grade, Fantasy

The Total Eclipse of Nestor Lopez Review

  • Soren Henderson
    January 1, 1970
    This is my moms book. I think she did a good job. This is my mom’s book. I think she did a good job.
  • Kathie
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Edelweiss+ and the publisher for an eARC of this book.I've been waiting a very long time to finally get my hands on this book, so I was delighted to get an eARC. I was not definitely not disappointed.Nestor struggles with being the new kid; his dad is in the military and their family has moved several times. His dad is currently deployed in Afghanistan and they are living with his abuela in Texas. He feels disconnected from his dad, and wishes that he could be more involved in his Thank you to Edelweiss+ and the publisher for an eARC of this book.I've been waiting a very long time to finally get my hands on this book, so I was delighted to get an eARC. I was not definitely not disappointed.Nestor struggles with being the new kid; his dad is in the military and their family has moved several times. His dad is currently deployed in Afghanistan and they are living with his abuela in Texas. He feels disconnected from his dad, and wishes that he could be more involved in his life. But there's another side to life in this small town, and it has to do with the woods and what's happening to all the animals that have disappeared. Are the rumors true that his abuela is involved? Is there a tule vieja, a witch, absorbing the animals' powers and growing stronger? Once people start to go missing, Nestor and his friends figure out what's going on.This is a fantastic mix of realistic fiction with a thread of magic based on Panamanian and Costa Rican myths that runs through it. I love how the author addresses the impact of a parent's involvement in the military on their children, as that's something rarely seen in middle grade fiction. I love the colorful cast of animal characters, such as Cuervito, and their attempts to help Nestor (with whom they can communicate). I also love the Cuban heritage in which the story is steeped, and the cultural exposure that young readers will get from reading it.I definitely recommend adding this to your TBR list for May 2020.
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  • Andrea Arango
    January 1, 1970
    When I was a kid, I was obsessed with stories about kids that could talk to animals. Books, movies, TV shows - I devoured them all. (And ok, I still do. 😂) So honestly, my expectations for this book were set *very* high, which is pretty much a surefire way of getting disappointed. But oh my gosh I am OBSESSED. This book was everything I wanted it to be and more!! Tween Andrea would have absolutely had this book in her top 10 of all time and adult Andrea will 100% be purchasing a print copy and When I was a kid, I was obsessed with stories about kids that could talk to animals. Books, movies, TV shows - I devoured them all. (And ok, I still do. 😂) So honestly, my expectations for this book were set *very* high, which is pretty much a surefire way of getting disappointed. But oh my gosh I am OBSESSED. This book was everything I wanted it to be and more!! Tween Andrea would have absolutely had this book in her top 10 of all time and adult Andrea will 100% be purchasing a print copy and recommending to ALL KIDS. I mean, this book has:✔️ Latinx Rep (with accurate Spanish!)✔️ Sweet Friendships / Sweet Families✔️ A++ Animal Chats✔️ Best Animal Trivia Ever✔️ A Scary AntagonistSeriously. What a debut!
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  • Brianna
    January 1, 1970
    ARC from @litreviewcrew! I loved the concept of a middle school student who can talk to animals choosing to save his new home from a tule vieja/witch and the mixture of Spanish and English dialogue. It was a very fun adventure story! There were some points where I had a hard time following the story and a couple moments that the adults were so unbelievable it really took me out of the action, but overall, I really enjoyed this one!
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  • Margaret
    January 1, 1970
    I just finished reading The Total Eclipse of Nestor Lopez. It is a marvelous book on so many levels. As a veteran teacher of almost 50 years I know both boys and girls will be so engrossed in the plot they'll definitely hide under the covers with a flashlight to finish it :-) Whether they are used to moving from school to school, or always feel like they don't fit in, or absolutely love animals every middle grade student will find themselves in Nestor, his friends, and their adventures. If I just finished reading The Total Eclipse of Nestor Lopez. It is a marvelous book on so many levels. As a veteran teacher of almost 50 years I know both boys and girls will be so engrossed in the plot they'll definitely hide under the covers with a flashlight to finish it :-) Whether they are used to moving from school to school, or always feel like they don't fit in, or absolutely love animals every middle grade student will find themselves in Nestor, his friends, and their adventures. If you're past the middle grade years don't despair - you'll fall in love with Nestor and his loyalty to family and friends just as I did.
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  • Juliana Brandt
    January 1, 1970
    The Total Eclipse of Nestor Lopez was a complete delight to read. Adrianna Cuevas writes deftly of Nestor, who's experiencing the deep difficulties of living with a father who's currently overseas with the army. The storyline of Nestor's father being in the army were authentic and real, including the impact on Nestor, his mother, and his grandmother.Intertwined in this is a wonderful comedic wit. I laughed over and over while reading. This helped smooth over the dark magic of the book and the The Total Eclipse of Nestor Lopez was a complete delight to read. Adrianna Cuevas writes deftly of Nestor, who's experiencing the deep difficulties of living with a father who's currently overseas with the army. The storyline of Nestor's father being in the army were authentic and real, including the impact on Nestor, his mother, and his grandmother.Intertwined in this is a wonderful comedic wit. I laughed over and over while reading. This helped smooth over the dark magic of the book and the sadness Nestor is living with.Altogether, I very much enjoyed the story Cuevas has written!
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  • David
    January 1, 1970
    A mind-blowing debut. Simply stunning.
  • Ms. Yingling
    January 1, 1970
    E ARC provided by Edelweiss PlusNestor and his mother move to Texas to live with his father's mother while his father is deployed. He's not happy, because this is his tenth first day of school in a new place, and it wasn't a necessary move. He refuses to unpack, because he knows the chances are good that he will have to move again. He does enjoy being with his abuela, who is a great cook, and he does make some friends at his school, including Maria Carmen and Talib. Nestor can hear animals E ARC provided by Edelweiss PlusNestor and his mother move to Texas to live with his father's mother while his father is deployed. He's not happy, because this is his tenth first day of school in a new place, and it wasn't a necessary move. He refuses to unpack, because he knows the chances are good that he will have to move again. He does enjoy being with his abuela, who is a great cook, and he does make some friends at his school, including Maria Carmen and Talib. Nestor can hear animals talking, which leads to some interesting experiences, especially since Talib's dog, George, has disappeared and Maria Carmen's family has lost some goats. Abuela has been seen heading into the woods with a knife, leading to speculation in the neighborhood that she has something to do with the pets' disappearances, but Nestor does not think this is the case. He has more concerns about his science teacher, Ms. Humala, who seems to have something to do with a massive snake hanging around the place. The animals, including an injured coyote, tell Nestor that there is an evil tule vieja (witch) in the area, and Nestor and his friends (including a bully who turns out to be friendly and helpful) try to keep everyone safe.Strengths: I am always looking for books about children with parents in the military, but they are difficult to find. This had a nice amount of details about Nestor missing his father, but also concentrated on what Nestor was going through. I also loved that the grandmother was from Cuba, and it seemed like she might have been sent over with Operation Pedro Pan (she was put on a plane by her parents and spent time in foster care, so seems possible). There are lots of phrases and folklore that add to this cultural connection. His friends are helpful and understanding of his special abilities, and Ms. Humala is a complicated character. Weaknesses: I wanted to know a LOT more about why Nestor could talk to animals. We get a little more information at the end, but I could have used more details about that as well as the tule vieja.What I really think: I wish this had a better cover. This style of cover, with the dark background, don't circulate well in my library. I like so many of the details, and enjoyed the story very much, but it will take a lot of handselling to get my students to pick this up.
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  • Kate Waggoner
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to #NetGalley and MacMillan Children's Publishing Group for allowing me to read a digital ARC of The Total Eclipse by Nestor Lopez by Adrianna Cuevas. This book is currently set to release on July 21, 2020. All opinions are my own. Nestor Lopez wants nothing more than to spend more than a couple months living in one place. His dad is in the Army, so Nestor and his mom frequently move. This time, they've moved in with his abuela in a tiny town in Texas. His plan is to lay low and ensure Thank you to #NetGalley and MacMillan Children's Publishing Group for allowing me to read a digital ARC of The Total Eclipse by Nestor Lopez by Adrianna Cuevas. This book is currently set to release on July 21, 2020. All opinions are my own. Nestor Lopez wants nothing more than to spend more than a couple months living in one place. His dad is in the Army, so Nestor and his mom frequently move. This time, they've moved in with his abuela in a tiny town in Texas. His plan is to lay low and ensure that no one discovers his secret: he can talk to animals. The first thing Nestor notices about the town is that every pole, window, and spare wall space is plastered with missing pet photos. When he starts school, he hears rumors about something lurking in the woods and stealing animals. The prime suspect for the disappearances is Nestor's abuela. As he starts to look further into the disappearances, he discovers a tule vieja (a witch who can absorb an animal's power by biting it) is the culprit. Now, Nestor and his newly made friends must find a way to stop the witch before the eclipse when she is the most powerful. This was a fun and magical middle grades novel. It is full of adventure and animal trivia and simultaenously teaches important lessons about friendship, self-discovery, and being true to yourself. One of the biggest themes in the novel is that things/people aren't always as they appear. Nestor struggles with his ability to talk to animals as well as his family's constant movement, due to these, he is used to putting up walls. In his journey to find the missing animals and clear his grandma's name he learns about himself and learns the importance of having friends. I loved all of the fun animal facts that are included. The tule vieja is based on a myth from Panama. I really enjoy books that introduce me to a myth, history, and/or aspect of another culture. I loved the overall narrative voice and how Cuevas ensured that both her human and animal characters each had their own unique personalities. I think my students will absolutely love this book and I can't wait to share it with them.
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  • Christina
    January 1, 1970
    With his father deployed thousands of miles away, Nestor thought this most recent move would be just like the othershe and his mother wouldnt be staying long, so why unpack? Except this time, for the first time, hes moved off base to live in New Haven with his abuela...and maybe it could start to really feel like a true home. THE TOTAL ECLIPSE OF NESTOR LOPEZ (releasing 5/12/20) by Adrianna Cuevas is a whimsical story full of magic, mystery, and adventure that was influenced by Panamanian and With his father deployed thousands of miles away, Nestor thought this most recent move would be just like the others—he and his mother wouldn’t be staying long, so why unpack? Except this time, for the first time, he’s moved off base to live in New Haven with his abuela...and maybe it could start to really feel like a true home. THE TOTAL ECLIPSE OF NESTOR LOPEZ (releasing 5/12/20) by Adrianna Cuevas is a whimsical story full of magic, mystery, and adventure that was influenced by Panamanian and Costa Rican myths. Nestor was content keeping his head down in his sketchbook drawing, composing letters to his father, and running a tally of the days until the next move, but peculiar happenings in the woods involving his abuela and missing animals is cause for concern for him and his new friends he’s made at school that he can’t ignore. This fantastic story is told in Nestor’s candid, relatable, and often humorous voice, balancing his longing for his dad and his clever sleuthing using his amazing ability to talk to animals. I also enjoyed reading about his Cuban heritage and picked up a few new Spanish words along the way. THE TOTAL ECLIPSE OF NESTOR LOPEZ was an exciting and bewitching read that had me under its spell throughout.
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  • Diana Johnson
    January 1, 1970
    The Total Eclipse of Nestor Lopez by Adrianna Cuevas is a fun, heartfelt, educational read. Kids will love Nestors ability to talk to animals, even if some of them are snarky. Yes, Im talking about you Cuervito! I truly felt all of Nestors emotions, happy and sad. Nestors dad is deployed in Afghanistan and I think children who have deployed parents will identify with Nestor and the dynamic that brings to families. The story has a wonderful balance of edge-of-your-seat moments and meaningful The Total Eclipse of Nestor Lopez by Adrianna Cuevas is a fun, heartfelt, educational read. Kids will love Nestor’s ability to talk to animals, even if some of them are snarky. Yes, I’m talking about you Cuervito! I truly felt all of Nestor’s emotions, happy and sad. Nestor’s dad is deployed in Afghanistan and I think children who have deployed parents will identify with Nestor and the dynamic that brings to families. The story has a wonderful balance of edge-of-your-seat moments and meaningful family and friendship messages. I loved reading about the tule veija and the authors interpretation of the Panamanian and Costa Rican origin myth. Nestor’s Cuban heritage is rich throughout the story and I enjoyed learning more about a culture that’s not my own. Thank you Adrianna Cuevas for a wonderful book! I can’t wait to read more from this author.
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  • Mary
    January 1, 1970
    I'm not usually one for magical realism in my middle grade novels but this books was really fun and interesting. Nestor just moved, again, with his mom to Texas to live with his Abuela. His father is in the Army and has been deployed, again. Nestor usually tries not to get too attached to the people or places he moves to since he knows it's always temporary. Nestor, however, quickly finds himself with two new friends and as a member of the trivia club. He also finds himself immersed in a mystery I'm not usually one for magical realism in my middle grade novels but this books was really fun and interesting. Nestor just moved, again, with his mom to Texas to live with his Abuela. His father is in the Army and has been deployed, again. Nestor usually tries not to get too attached to the people or places he moves to since he knows it's always temporary. Nestor, however, quickly finds himself with two new friends and as a member of the trivia club. He also finds himself immersed in a mystery where local pets are disappearing and the townsfolk blame his Abuela. Oh and did I mention that Nestor understands and can communicate with animals? When him and his friends discover it is a witch kidnapping the local pets, they go on a mission to stop her, with the unlikely help of the classroom bully. This is a fun, fast-paced tale of friendship, magic, and working together. #Netgalley
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  • Lori Keckler
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed The Total Eclipse of Nestor Lopez by Adrianna Cuevas. Even my daughter who normally shys away from anything fantasy was easily able to jump into this book. The author does such a fine job of weaving a few fantasy elements (especially the snarky, witty animals-I LOVED this!) with real elements such as Nestor's dad being away, being the new kid and living with his Cuban grandmother (really, we should all be so lucky to have Nestor's grandmother even if she does take a knife into I really enjoyed The Total Eclipse of Nestor Lopez by Adrianna Cuevas. Even my daughter who normally shys away from anything fantasy was easily able to jump into this book. The author does such a fine job of weaving a few fantasy elements (especially the snarky, witty animals-I LOVED this!) with real elements such as Nestor's dad being away, being the new kid and living with his Cuban grandmother (really, we should all be so lucky to have Nestor's grandmother even if she does take a knife into the woods every now and then)! This book kept me on my toes wondering what was going to happen next. Another plus? Getting to know about the tule vieja and Cuban history. This is a book is very well written and appeals to many levels of readers. I hope there is a sequel!
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  • Kimberly Zook
    January 1, 1970
    Reading this book made me laugh and cry and genuinely feel connected to Nestor and the story. This is a beautiffuly crafted story that kept me turning pages while letting each page sink in. This story rings true of what life is like for a kid who's parent is in the military, and yet anyone can relate to Nestor and his path because Cuevas has done such a fantastic job giving the main character depth. In addition to the main character being so well-developed and the story written beautifully, I Reading this book made me laugh and cry and genuinely feel connected to Nestor and the story. This is a beautiffuly crafted story that kept me turning pages while letting each page sink in. This story rings true of what life is like for a kid who's parent is in the military, and yet anyone can relate to Nestor and his path because Cuevas has done such a fantastic job giving the main character depth. In addition to the main character being so well-developed and the story written beautifully, I also found the elements of it unique and refreshing. Culture, language, imagery, insight and laughter - they're all here and done in an exceptional way.This is a story to be shared with others because I haven't found many like it!
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  • Laurie Hnatiuk
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Edelweiss+ and the publisher for an eARC of this book.Adrianna Cuevas has crafted a stunning debut introducing readers to Nestor whos only wish is to stay in one spot for more than a month. As a militarys son he has moved around a great deal and is hoping that he and his mother can make a long term home now after moving in with their fathers mother. His plan is to lay low and keep his unique ability to communicate with animals under wraps. Of course nothing goes to plan when animals Thank you to Edelweiss+ and the publisher for an eARC of this book.Adrianna Cuevas has crafted a stunning debut introducing readers to Nestor who’s only wish is to stay in one spot for more than a month. As a military’s son he has moved around a great deal and is hoping that he and his mother can make a long term home now after moving in with their father’s mother. His plan is to lay low and keep his unique ability to communicate with animals under wraps. Of course nothing goes to plan when animals and pets begin to disappear and the neighbourhood feels that Nestor’s grandmother is responsible and calling her a witch. Turns out there is tule vieja (a witch) that is able to take on the strength of animals by biting them during solar eclipses and is biding her time until the upcoming solar eclipse arrives. Nestor along with his two newly formed friends along with the animals he has developed relationships are left to eliminate the tule vieja and clear his grandmother’s name.I feel that there needs to be more stories like Nestor’s and military families and the unique difficulties it raises always on the move. Cuevas portrayal of Nestor is realistic as he continues to try on different roles and whether or not the effort is worth it to make friends never knowing how long he will be in his latest school and home. The relationship with Cuervito the Crow provides some comic relief and the ability of being able to talk with animals provides a unique way for Nestor to cope with his situation.I think there are many readers who will enjoy this story and would recommend adding it to your classroom or library. Look for it in May 2020.
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