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The Last Cuentista

The 2022 Newbery Award Winner and the 2022 Belpre Award Winner


Critically acclaimed

 Había una vez . . . There lived a girl named Petra Peña, who wanted nothing more than to be a storyteller, like her abuelita. But Petra's world is ending. Earth has been destroyed by a comet, and only a few hundred scientists and their children - among them Petra and her family - have been chosen to journey to a new planet. They are the ones who must carry on the human race. Hundreds of years later, Petra wakes to this new planet - and the discovery that she is the only person who remembers Earth. A sinister Collective has taken over the ship during its journey, bent on erasing the sins of humanity's past. They have systematically purged the memories of all aboard - or purged them altogether. Petra alone now carries the stories of our past, and with them, any hope for our future. Can she make them live again?

Coretta Scott King Award

Pura Belpré Award 

The award is named after Pura Belpré, the first Latina librarian at the New York Public Library. The Pura Belpré Award, established in 1996, is presented annually to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth.

2022 Winner and Honor Books



2021 Winner and Honor Books

2020 Winner and Honor Books

Some Other Recent Belpre Winner and Honor Books

John Newbery Award

2022 Award

2021 Award

2021 Honor Books


ALL THIRTEEN by Soontornvat book image

eBook Available from SORA OverDrive (BOCES) 

2020 Winner

Some Other Recent Newbery Winners and Honor Books


Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal

Some Other Recent Sibert Winner and Honor Books