Luca's Bridge

El puente de Luca

Luca's Bridge

El puente de Luca

Illustrated by Anna López Real

I began writing Luca’s Bridge sometime in 2015. I didn’t know what the story was about; I just had the image of a young boy, Luca, waving goodbye through the backseat window of his car. On any given day, this car would have been cheerfully pulsating with the waves of music, with unabashed singing, with contagious laughter, but not today.

No, today was a blue day, a day of changes that Luca didn’t quite understand. In the car were his mother, father, and brother. His brother was angry. He didn’t want to go either.

Deportation.

That is when I learned his story. I let this boy guide my hand and allow me to write this important moment in his family’s life.

Luca’s Bridge/El puente de Luca is a bilingual picture book for readers 5 to 9, but will also appeal to older audiences. Recently, it was selected as Book of the Day by Forewords Review Magazine.

Penny Candy Books, 2019

Mariana Llanos

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I’m Mariana Llanos and I write books for children and poetry in English and Spanish. I am originally from Lima, Peru, but now I live in Oklahoma with my husband, our three children and our dog, Juliet. I started writing poetry since I was very young. I loved reading so much that I wanted to create my own stories to share with the world. I published my first book, Tristan Wolf in 2013. Since then, I haven’t stopped, and I have many more stories, poems, and project that I want to share with YOU!

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