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Two intertwining stories of Bogotá. One, a family of five children, left to live on their own. The other, a girl in an orphanage who will do anything to befriend the mysterious Immortal Boy. How they...
Two intertwining stories of Bogotá. One, a family of five children, left to live on their own. The other, a girl in an orphanage who will do anything to befriend the mysterious Immortal Boy. How they...
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  • Two intertwining stories of Bogotá. One, a family of five children, left to live on their own. The other, a girl in an orphanage who will do anything to befriend the mysterious Immortal Boy. How they weave together will never leave you.

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  • Francisco Montaña Ibáñez es un autor premiado para niños y professor de la Universidad Nacional de Colombia (iie). El Inmortal es su primer libro publicado en los Estados Unidos y el primero en ser traducido al inglés.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    January 11, 2021
    Two stories told in parallel converge tragically in this poignant dual-language YA novel set around Bogotá, Colombia. After a seemingly fearless boy stops a group of kids from tormenting her at an orphanage, Nina decides “to catch him and make him my friend.” There’s just one problem: the mysterious “Immortal Boy,” whom “bullets can’t kill,” prefers to avoid others’ company. Elsewhere in Bogotá, five siblings live in a single room, fighting to keep themselves fed and safe until their father’s return. But when one of them, 13-year-old Hector, is accused of stealing and loses his job, he seeks help from an untrustworthy source, with dire consequences. The novel, told in both first and third person, presents Montaña Ibáñez’s original Spanish text alongside Bowles’s adept English translation. While depictions of extreme poverty and implied gun violence may prove triggering for some readers, the stark beauty of Montaña Ibáñez’s narrative will give those who pick it up much to contemplate. Ages 12–up.

  • AudioFile Magazine In Bogota, Colombia, Hector and his four siblings must fend for themselves after being abandoned by their father. They find themselves hungry every day but seek to stay together at any cost. Narrator Johnny Rey Diaz provides expressive vocal characterizations for the siblings' dialogue and delivers clear, comfortably paced narrative. In a parallel story, Nina, a girl living in an orphanage in Bogota after her parents are imprisoned for their political activities, seeks to befriend the "Immortal Boy," a mysterious figure who protects bullied children. Ana Osorio's voicing of the young Nina is fittingly youthful, with a high-pitched feminine articulation and a gentle tone. As the stories intersect, both narrators convey the difficult circumstances of these children. S.E.G. � AudioFile 2021, Portland, Maine

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