“Prior to the visit, teachers and students read The Storm Runner together, and were thrilled to host Jen in their classrooms! Jen was warm, funny, and engaging—her personality and excitement to talk with students transferred beautifully.” — Wondermore
Best-selling author Rick Riordan presents J. C. Cervantes’s exciting new spin-off from the best-selling STORM RUNNER trilogy.
“J.C. Cervantes is about to take you on a trip you will never forget, through the darkest, strangest, and funniest twists and turns of Maya myth.”–Rick Riordan
Fourteen-year-old Renata Santiago is the most powerful godborn of them all, a bruja with a unique combination of DNA. The Mexica blood from her dad’s side gives her the ability to manipulate shadows. Her mom Pacific, a Maya goddess, gifted her a magical rope that controls time, and Ren recently used it to save a few gods from getting stuck forever in 1987. She brought them back to the present, but her BFF Ah Puch, the once fearsome god of death, darkness, and destruction, is now a teenager with no divine powers.
Ren is also a girl with ordinary hopes and dreams. She wishes, for example, that her blog about alien sightings would garner more respect. She’s always been absolutely convinced that there’s a connection between aliens and the Maya civilization. Plenty of online haters feel differently, and they call her a fake, a liar, and a loser.
When Ren receives an email about an alien sighting in Kansas, she thinks it may support her theory. She also suspects that the cinco–five renegade godborns–are up to no good. Soon she finds herself embroiled in a quest to prevent the troublemakers from awakening the nine Aztec Lords of Night. Problem is, none of Ren’s friends are available to help her hunt down the cinco and the dangerous gods they are resurrecting. Ren has no choice but to team up with two strangers recruited by Ah Puch: Edison, a teen hybrid demon, and Montero, an eleven-year-old Aztec hunter. Succeeding in this quest will prove that Ren is no fake, liar, or loser. But it isn’t just another challenge. It could well be an impossible one that leaves Ren questioning her very existence.
Can dreams come true when you’re living with a family curse?
1965—San Francisco, California
The 1960s are bursting with music and movement and love in San Francisco, perfect for a budding artist like Blake. Unfortunately, the art world is not welcoming to people of her gender or her multi-racial heritage, making it tough to land an internship that could put her on the map. That, plus the fact that Blake’s family has been notoriously riddled with bad luck, makes her feel like she can’t catch a break. Things only get worse when Blake starts to have ominous, confusing visions that grow stronger and more frequent, prompting Blake’s aunt and uncle to tell her about a long-lost family heirloom that could be the key to everything
Fueled by the ambiguous clues in her visions, Blake sets out on a journey through the city to retrieve her ancestors’ legendary mirror. But Blake is not the only one looking for it. Soon she must attempt to unleash her own dormant powers . . . or else risk all she holds dear.
The Mirror: Fractured Path is the third book in the innovative YA fairy-tale quartet, following one family—and the curse that plagues it—over several generations.
“I dare anyone to read this book without a ginormous grin on their faces. Warmth, humor and enchantments burst off the page, and the colorful characters of the Granados family crackle to life with Cervantes’s signature wit, aching empathy and enviable flair for whimsy.” —Roshani Chokshi, NYT bestselling author of The Gilded Wolves trilogy.
Jane the Virgin meets The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants in New York Times bestselling author J.C. Cervantes’s charming, romantic YA debut.
Ava Granados will never forgive herself for being late to her beloved nana’s deathbed. But due to a flash flood that left Ava in a fender bender with a mysterious boy, she missed her grandmother’s mystical blessing—one that has been passed between the women of her family upon death for generations.
Then Nana’s ghost appears with a challenge from beyond the grave. As it turns out, Nana did give Ava a blessing, but it missed its target, landing with the boy from the night of the storm instead. Was it fate? Ava refuses to believe so. With the help of her sisters and Nana’s rather bumbling spiritual guide, she’s determined to reclaim her share of the family magic and set Nana free.
For guarded Ava, befriending some random boy is the last thing she wants to do. She’s gotten along just fine protecting her heart—keeping people at a distance is a great way to ensure no one ever hurts you. But as Ava embarks on her mission to retrieve the lost blessing, she starts to wonder if getting close to thunderstorm boy is worth the risk.
In her swoony, heartwarming young adult debut, New York Times bestselling author J.C. Cervantes weaves an unforgettable tale about family, fate, and finding love where you least expect it.
Best-selling author Rick Riordan presents J.C. Cervantes’ epic finale to the Storm Runner trilogy, a tale of mystery, magic, and mayhem featuring gods from both Maya and Aztec mythology.
Zane Obispo has been looking forward to his training at the Shaman Institute for Higher Order Magic, and not only because it means he’ll be reunited with his best friend, Brooks. Anything would be better than how he has spent the last three months: searching for the remaining godborns with a nasty demon who can sniff them out (literally). But when Zane tracks down the last kid on his list, he’s in for a surprise: the “one” is actually a pair of twins, and they’re trying to prevent a mysterious object from falling into the wrong hands.
After a shocking betrayal, Zane finds himself at SHIHOM sooner than expected. Even more shocking is the news that the Maya gods have gone missing. The bat god, Camazotz, and Ixkik’ (aka Blood Moon) have taken them out of commission . . . and the godborns are their next target. The only thing the villains need now? The object that the twins possess.
Zane knows the godborns aren’t strong enough yet to stand up to Zotz, Ixkik’, and their army. There might be a way to save the gods, but it involves locating a magical calendar that can see across time and space . . . not to mention traveling more than thirty years into the past.
In The Shadow Crosser, Zane and his friends embark on their most treacherous mission yet–a mission that, with one blunder, could change history as we know it, and worse, destroy the universe.
Best-selling author Rick Riordan presents J.C. Cervantes’ fiery and fast-paced sequel to The Storm Runner.
Zane Obispo’s new life on a beautiful secluded tropical island, complete with his family and closest friends, should be perfect. But he can’t control his newfound fire skills yet (inherited from his father, the Maya god Hurakan); there’s a painful rift between him and his dog ever since she became a hell hound; and he doesn’t know what to do with his feelings for Brooks.
One day he discovers that by writing the book about his misadventures with the Maya gods, he unintentionally put other godborn children at risk. Unless Zane can find the godborns before the gods do, they will be killed.
To make matters worse, Zane learns that Hurakan is scheduled to be executed. Zane knows he must rescue him, no matter the cost.
Can he accomplish both tasks without the gods detecting him, or will he end up a permanent resident of the underworld?
In this cleverly plotted sequel to The Storm Runner, the gang is back together again with spirited new characters, sneaky gods, Aztec royalty, unlikely alliances, and secrets darker than Zane could ever have imagined. Secrets that will change him forever.
Best-selling author Rick Riordan presents J.C. Cervantes’ contemporary adventure based on Maya mythology.
Zane has always enjoyed exploring the dormant volcano near his home in New Mexico, even though hiking it is challenging. He’d much rather hang out there with his dog, Rosie, than go to middle school, where kids call him Sir Limps a Lot, McGimpster, or Uno–for his one good leg.
What Zane doesn’t know is that the volcano is a gateway to another world and he is at the center of a powerful prophecy. A new girl at school, Brooks, informs him that he’s destined to release an evil god from the ancient Maya relic he is imprisoned in–unless she can find and remove it first.
Together they return to the volcano, where all kinds of crazy happens. Brooks turns into a hawk, a demon attacks them in a cave, and Rosie gives her all while trying to protect Zane.
When Zane decides to save his dog no matter the cost, he is thrust into an adventure full of surprising discoveries, dangerous secrets, and an all-out war between the gods, one of whom happens to be his father. To survive, Zane will have to become the Storm Runner. But how can he run when he can’t even walk well without a cane?
When twelve-year-old Izzy spends the summer in her Nana’s remote New Mexico village, she discovers long-buried secrets that come alive in an enchanted landscape of majestic mountains, whispering winds, and tortilla suns. Infused with the flavor of the southwest and sprinkled with just a pinch of magic, readers are sure to find this heartfelt story as rich and satisfying as Nana’s homemade enchiladas.https://images.booksense.com/images/504/131/9781452131504.jpg
Where do writers find inspiration for children’s stories? And how do we use inspiration to continue the writing journey in a challenging publishing world?
This full day discussion will focus on the road to becoming an author, how to begin, what happens after you write your book, and where art and commerce meet. This is an informative presentation for anyone interested in pursuing a writing career.
Solid world-building not only lends relatability and richness to your story, it makes the unbelievable believable. J.C. will touch on the many categories to consider, with special focus on setting, magic systems, history, creatures, and myth. She will discuss how those big-picture world-building pieces and smaller details interact with and often provoke the characters in ways that will keep readers immersed for chapter after chapter of your book.
JC Cervantes uses visuals and bits of history to bring mythology to life.
Midland Libraries, 2022
“Jen is well-spoken and incredibly well-versed in what she does. You can tell that words truly are her art form because of the way she processes words and sentences (and reads them backwards!). She lets her interests and fascination with magic sink into her presentations to tell a story about her storytelling. The students were fascinated with her and truly enjoyed hearing about her travels and her experiences. So many of our Mexican-heritage students really enjoyed having that representation through Jen, as well.”
We invited JC Cervantes to virtually meet with sixth grade students at two Boston Public Schools in the spring of 2021. Prior to the visit, teachers and students read The Storm Runner together, and were thrilled to host Jen in their classrooms! Jen was warm, funny, and engaging—her personality and excitement to talk with students transferred beautifully through Zoom. She tailored her presentation for each school, and enthusiastically discussed her creative process, her characters, the inspiration for the trilogy, and how she became a writer. It was a pleasure to work with Jen, and scheduling the visits was made easy by her assistant, Sarah. We look forward to bringing her back to Boston, whether it be in person or virtually!
Lucy Steer and Julie O’Neil at Condon K-8 School
“The Condon K-8 School was thrilled to welcome J.C. (Jen) Cervantes! Our 6th graders loved every second of The Storm Runner and were eager to discuss the book with Jen on Zoom. She was so warm and energetic, immediately engaging all of our students. My colleagues and I immediately recognized a fellow middle school teacher spirit in her! Jen gave a fantastic presentation on her own experiences growing up (particularly her own cultural identity), her path to writing, and the specifics of The Storm Runner. In particular, the kids loved seeing the Disney designs of the characters they had been picturing for weeks! Jen then graciously took questions from our kids. She gave answers about everything from her dogs to a possible Storm Runner movie to fun hints about the rest of the series. We cannot wait to read the book again this year and welcome Jen back!
Theresa Brophy, Boston Public Schools
The 2020-2021 school year was a year unlike any other. Then the school doors opened and we were allowed to be back in person. And THE STORM RUNNER was waiting for us. Thanks to Wondermore Books, we had almost 100 hardcover copies of the book and a visit with J.C. on the calendar, a true gift that was exciting and tangible and motivating. Students couldn’t believe their good fortune, “We get to keep the books?!” and “We’re going to meet the author??!!” There were students who had already read it and couldn’t wait to read it for the second and third time. There were students who begged me from day one, “Can’t we just READ!?” These were words that any educator and lover of reading and writing longs to hear, and it came naturally. Then we got to meet J.C. I think I can speak for all of us that we were completely taken by her realness and connectedness even from thousands of miles away. She addressed each student by name and thanked them for their question. She shared personal stories and the history behind her characters, the setting, and events of the book. J.C. told our students that she begins her writing process with the question “What if?” I am full of appreciation for the experience of THE STORM RUNNER and for the opportunity to ask “What if?”
Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Pick
New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards Winner
2021 New Mexico Land of Enrichment Reader’s Choice Award
Zia Book Award
New Mexico Magazine | Author J.C. Cervantes’s Love Letter to New Mexico
Las Cruces Sun News | Movers & Shakers 2020: Author Jennifer Cervantes has new book in the works
La Cruces Sun News | Las Cruces author again lands on New York Times Best Seller list
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