The Total Eclipse of Nestor Lopez
Publisher: Farrar Straus and Giroux/Macmillan
Release date: July 21, 2020
All Nestor Lopez wants is to live in one place for more than a few months and have dinner with his dad. But as the son of an Army sergeant deployed in Afghanistan, he’s used to never really having a home. Nestor finally has a chance to live off-base when he and his mother move to New Haven, Texas to live with his grandmother. Nestor plans to lay low and bide his time until his mom announces the inevitable next move. He certainly has no intention of letting anyone find out his deepest secret- he can talk to animals.
But New Haven isn’t what Nestor expected. His long-held secret is put front and center when the town is threatened by a tule vieja, a witch that can turn into animals. As the town’s animals begin disappearing and his grandmother is accused, Nestor must choose between keeping his secret and defending his family and friends. With his father deployed thousands of miles away, Nestor relies on his own strengths as well as those of his new friends to save New Haven, a place he just might dare to call home.