Estrellas peregrinas: Cuentos de magia y poder
First ever Spanish-language edition of Villaseñor’s critically acclaimed collection of short stories for young adults.
by Victor Villaseñor
Spanish translation by Alfonso González
Publication Date: October 31, 2005
Format: Trade Paperback
Imprint: Piñata Books
Ages: 11 and up
“We’re all walking stars,” the eighty-four year old guide tells Victor Villaseñor as he travels to his mother’s birthplace, La Lluvia de Oro. “Don’t you know what we all are? We are all stars that come from the heavens.” In Estrellas peregrinas, the Spanish-language edition of Walking Stars, his critically acclaimed collection of short stories for young adults, Villaseñor shares that enchanted world with the reader.
Magic rains down from the heavens like stars, coating each of the family stories in a sheen of la vida as it should be: filled with power and surprises that give each character the strength to endure. The stories brim with a cast of extraordinary characters in challenging situations: the young girl on her first day of school who shows bravery even in the face of school-yard taunts . . . a young man about to be hanged that can only be saved by the miracle of song . . . and the young boy who faces El Diablo in a dark peach orchard.
Through it all, the characters truly show themselves to be walking stars, tiny luminous sparks of light, and they are able to affect change in their lives and the world around them by relying on their bravery, their strength, and their faith in themselves. These are the stories of ancestors long-past, stories that will scrape off the dust of modernity on the reader’s skin to show the glowing beings that Villaseñor and his family believe we once were and can be again.
Selected as a Commended Title in the 1994 Américas Children’s and Young Adult Literature Award
“These memoirs are vivid, frequently shocking, brutal and not at all naïve in their presentation of the tragedies that haunt the lives of the poor.”—Críticas
“The stories…are spellbinding and diverse. Walking Stars in an exquisite example of quality literature that helps explain diverse cultures and beliefs while unifying us all within the human family.”—Booklist
“Legend and fact coexist happily in this spiritually rich collection of stories…this literary collage is both original and moving.”—Publishers Weekly
“Villaseñor has ably employed figurative language and lively dialogue in these magical stories.”—School Library Journal
VICTOR VILLASEÑOR is the author of Thirteen Senses (Harper-Collins, 2001); Rain of Gold (Arte Público Press, 1991), a national best-seller; the non-fiction Jury: The People vs. Juan Corona (1979); and the novel, Macho! (Arte Público Press, 1973), which was chosen by the New York Public Library for its distinguished list of Books For The Teen Age in 1992. He is also the writer of screenplays, most notably the award-winning The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez.
Learn more at victorvillasenor.com.
ATOS Interest Level: Middle/Upper Grades
Category: Young Adult