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Illusions of More Janiece Hopper

Illusions of More

Janiece Hopper

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298 pages
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ELL teacher, Sienna OMara, is the only person in Purewater with time allocated during the day to give nine-year-old Pilar the compassion and the basic language skills an orphaned refugee needs. In Siennas class, dubbed The Writers Lair, PilarMoreELL teacher, Sienna OMara, is the only person in Purewater with time allocated during the day to give nine-year-old Pilar the compassion and the basic language skills an orphaned refugee needs. In Siennas class, dubbed The Writers Lair, Pilar struggles to break through disturbing memories. She draws una sirena and grasps for words to tell what she knows about mermaids. A mispronunciation sends Sienna to a local Saturday swap meet. Mariachi music, marigolds, the best mole sauce in the state, and a gift from an enigmatic art dealer induct her into a sacred mystery originating in Mexico. As Sienna researches the destruction of Pilars home village, high-stakes testing, mandated text books, and shadowy objectives stalk Moore Elementary School. During an unwitting ritual on El Día de Los Muertos, Siennas job is threatened and a haunting voice that no one ever expected to arise in the United States emerges to reveal what is being erased before it has a chance to be written. In this shattering, heart-tugging, and redemptive novel, readers are given the unique opportunity to look well beyond illusions of more to remember how much lives— and dies— in a childs story.