Elena's Serenade by Campbell Geeslin
(Americas Award for Children's and Young Adult Literature. Commended)

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Who ever heard of a girl glassblower?

In Mexico, where the sun is called el sol and the moon is called la luna, a little girl called Elena wants to blow into a long pipe...and make bottles appear, like magic.

But girls can't be glassblowers. Or can they?

Join Elena on her fantastic journey to Monterrey -- home of the great glassblowers! -- in an enchanting story filled with magic realism.

About Campbell Geeslin

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Campbell Geeslin lives in White Plains, New York, but when he was a small boy, his family visited Mexico many times. It became a land of remembered marvels. This story is the result of watching Monterrey glassblowers turn broken Coca-Cola bottles into vases for flowers. If that isn't magic, what is? Ana Juan is the illustrator of Elena's Serenade, which School Library Journal, in a starred review, called "a fascinating adventure that explores issues of gender roles, self-confidence, and the workings of an artist's heart." Her paintings have appeared on the cover of the New Yorker, on book and album jackets, on film festival posters, and in several European magazines. She is also the illustrator of Frida by Jonah Winter and the author and illustrator of The Night Eater. She lives in Madrid, Spain.
Published April 19, 2011 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers. 40 pages
Genres: Arts & Photography, Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Here, Juan surpasses even her magical, atmospheric art for Jonah Winter’s Frida (2002).

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In Geeslin's (On Ramón's Farm ) enchanting story set in Mexico, Elena—whom Juan (Frida ) depicts as a wide-eyed, Botero-like pumpkin of a girl—dreams of being a glassblower like her father.

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