Suncatcher

(A Graphic Novel)

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Filled with music, passion, supernatural secrets, and family, Jose Pimienta's Suncatcher brings to life a contemporary story of a girl growng up in Mexicali, with a supernatural twist and a lot of music.

Beatriz loves music.

More than her school -- more than her friends -- and definitely more than her homework. After Beatriz discovers that her grandfather's soul is trapped in his guitar, she becomes determined to get him out. But the only way to free him is to play the perfect song -- his perfect song, a song that he never actually wrote down.

Fixated on freeing her grandfather, music slowly consumes Beatriz's life. Soon she finds her self growing obsessed with perfection at the expense of her friendships, her band, and her health.

Beatriz won't let anything stop her. Even if it means losing everything else.
Jose Pimienta was raised in Mexicali, Baja California and now resides in Los Angeles, CA where they work on comics and storyboards for animation and film. Suncatcher was their debut YA graphic novel and ended on many 'Best of' lists. Their second graphic novel, Twin Cities received four starred reviews and Jose's work with students, in both English and Spanish, has made they a great guest at many school across the US. In their stories, they focus on the importance of Latinx culture and the experience of growing up on the border. View titles by Jose Pimienta

Educator Guide for Suncatcher

Classroom-based guides appropriate for schools and colleges provide pre-reading and classroom activities, discussion questions connected to the curriculum, further reading, and resources.

(Please note: the guide displayed here is the most recently uploaded version; while unlikely, any page citation discrepancies between the guide and book is likely due to pagination differences between a book’s different formats.)

Classroom Activities for Suncatcher

Classroom activities supplement discussion and traditional lessons with group projects and creative tasks. Can be used in pre-existing units and lessons, or as stand-alone.

(Please note: the guide displayed here is the most recently uploaded version; while unlikely, any page citation discrepancies between the guide and book is likely due to pagination differences between a book’s different formats.)

"Haunting, beautiful, and complex." –Kirkus Reviews

"Pimienta gives this 'devil at the crossroads' tale a fresh twist with the Mexicali punk setting; music lovers and fans of graphic novels will be intrigued.” –School and Library Journal

“Beatriz’s relatable struggle with burnout and generational expectations sit amid an engaging tale.” –Publisher’s Weekly

Satisfying for any and all music fans.” –Booklist

About

Filled with music, passion, supernatural secrets, and family, Jose Pimienta's Suncatcher brings to life a contemporary story of a girl growng up in Mexicali, with a supernatural twist and a lot of music.

Beatriz loves music.

More than her school -- more than her friends -- and definitely more than her homework. After Beatriz discovers that her grandfather's soul is trapped in his guitar, she becomes determined to get him out. But the only way to free him is to play the perfect song -- his perfect song, a song that he never actually wrote down.

Fixated on freeing her grandfather, music slowly consumes Beatriz's life. Soon she finds her self growing obsessed with perfection at the expense of her friendships, her band, and her health.

Beatriz won't let anything stop her. Even if it means losing everything else.

Author

Jose Pimienta was raised in Mexicali, Baja California and now resides in Los Angeles, CA where they work on comics and storyboards for animation and film. Suncatcher was their debut YA graphic novel and ended on many 'Best of' lists. Their second graphic novel, Twin Cities received four starred reviews and Jose's work with students, in both English and Spanish, has made they a great guest at many school across the US. In their stories, they focus on the importance of Latinx culture and the experience of growing up on the border. View titles by Jose Pimienta

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Educator Guide for Suncatcher

Classroom-based guides appropriate for schools and colleges provide pre-reading and classroom activities, discussion questions connected to the curriculum, further reading, and resources.

(Please note: the guide displayed here is the most recently uploaded version; while unlikely, any page citation discrepancies between the guide and book is likely due to pagination differences between a book’s different formats.)

Classroom Activities for Suncatcher

Classroom activities supplement discussion and traditional lessons with group projects and creative tasks. Can be used in pre-existing units and lessons, or as stand-alone.

(Please note: the guide displayed here is the most recently uploaded version; while unlikely, any page citation discrepancies between the guide and book is likely due to pagination differences between a book’s different formats.)

Praise

"Haunting, beautiful, and complex." –Kirkus Reviews

"Pimienta gives this 'devil at the crossroads' tale a fresh twist with the Mexicali punk setting; music lovers and fans of graphic novels will be intrigued.” –School and Library Journal

“Beatriz’s relatable struggle with burnout and generational expectations sit amid an engaging tale.” –Publisher’s Weekly

Satisfying for any and all music fans.” –Booklist

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