Sharman Apt Russell Teresa of the New World

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Teresa of the New World

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-Winner of the Arizona Author's Association Award for Children's Literature
-Runner-up for the Arizona Book of the Year
-IndieFab Finalist
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Finalist for the New Mexico/Arizona Book Awards
-Finalist, WILLA Award for Children's Literature
-May Sarton Award, Finalist
                                                                                                                                                        
In 1528, the real-life conquistador Cabeza de Vaca shipwrecked in the New World where he lived for eight years as a slave, trader, and shaman. In this lyrical weaving of history and myth, the adventurer takes his young daughter Teresa from her home in Texas to walk westward into the setting sun, their travels accompanied by miracles--visions and prophecies. But when Teresa reaches the outposts of New Spain, life is not what her father had promised.

As a kitchen servant in the household of a Spanish official, Teresa grows up estranged from the magic she knew as a child, when she could speak to the earth and listen to animals. When a new epidemic of measles devastates the area, the sixteen-year-old sets off on her own journey, befriending a Mayan were-jaguar who cannot control his shape-shifting and a warhorse abandoned by his Spanish owner. Now Teresa moves through a land stalked by Plague: smallpox as well as measles, typhus, and scarlet fever.

Soon it becomes clear that Teresa and her friends are being manipulated and driven by forces they do not understand. To save herself and others, Teresa will find herself listening again to the earth, sinking underground, swimming through limestone and fossil, opening to the power of root and stone. As she searches for her place in the New World, she will travel farther and deeper than she had ever imagined.

Rich in historical detail and scope, Teresa of the New World takes you into the dreamscape of the sixteenth-century American Southwest.

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Sharman Apt Russell has lived in the numinous deserts of the American Southwest for most of her life. She is a longtime professor at Western New Mexico University and Antioch University in L.A. and the award-winning author of numerous essays, short stories, and books, including Hunger and An Obsession with Butterflies.

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From the judges of Women Writing the West...

"Outstanding magical realism as often associated with Latin American literature. Unique plot, voice and setting--literary qualities and thought-provoking historical setting are excellent."

"The voice is ethereal and spiritual and as the plot became heartbreaking, the tension was almost overwhelming. I enjoyed the restrained narrative and the glimpses of various cultures."

"Teresa of the New World" is unlike anything I've everread. It's unexpected and beautiful with a touch of grit and a good helping ofmagic....expertly blurs the lines between the known and unknown, making it feelperfectly natural that Teresa can carry on a conversation with the earth. WhileCabeza de Vaca is an interesting character, it's Teresa, the fictionalcharacter, that you find yourself wanting to know more about. What would it belike to be born into a tribe and taken as a toddler from your home by yourSpanish father? How would his beliefs mixed with those of other native peoplesshape your life and beliefs? What would happen when everything you've knownchanges with the drop of a hat? Russell explores all these questions and more,giving a character sketch much more detailed and nuanced than found in themajority of YA fiction available today...--Cracking the Cover

Sharman Russell is best-known forher creative non-fiction books, including Anatomy of a Rose, a lyricaland eye-opening look at the sex lives of plants, and her most recent, Diaryof a Citizen Scientist. Teresa of the New World is a brilliantdeparture, a classic journey story told through magical realism. The noveltells the story of the fictional mestizo daughter of Alvár Nuñéz Cabeza deVaca, the real-life Spanish conquistador who is one of only four survivors of aSpanish expeditionary force of 300 men who landed in Florida in 1528. Cabeza deVaca's eight years as a captive of the Native American tribes, then a traderand healer, and finally, a conquistador returning to Spain come to life throughthe eyes of his daughter, the little girl who grows up listening to the voicesof plants and earth and animals. Early one morning, her charismatic father setsoff to walk to New Spain, taking Teresa away from her family and tribe. Thatleaving begins the young girl's wanderings--across the continent and throughcultures and diseases that are wreaking havoc on the Native world Teresa wasborn into. The journey of this mixed-race young girl, abandoned by her fatherand searching for a home and a place to belong, will absorb and enchantreaders. --Story Circle Book Reviews
 

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