Cecilia Curbelo

Cecilia Curbelo
Author
Children & Ya

After selling more than a hundred thousand copies of her work, Cecilia Curbelo has turned into Uruguay’s most successful children and youth author. Her books created a legion of faithful readers from 15 Latin American countries and Spain. She has a degree in Communication Sciences from the Catholic University of Uruguay and has written television, radio and theatre scripts. In 2012, she received the Bartolomé Hidalgo award, the greatest literary distinction of her country. Since that year and for four consecutive years she has also received the Golden Book award for the best-selling book, awarded by the Uruguayan Book Chamber. She was nominated three times as Woman of the Year in the Literature field.

In 2016, she received the Woman of the Year award for World Peace in Literature for the themes and approaches of her work. Several of her books have been taken to the theatre, by the readers, journalists and the media, such as the play Like You and Me which was based on her book The Other Life of Belén. The adaptation made by the author and a colleague won the Florencio Award for Best National Author Screenplay in 2018.

Books

DECISIONS SERIES

This series consists of five books, all of which have endings that depend on the reader's decisions. Each of the novels are independent from the others, nevertheless the protagonist is always named in the previous book as part of the story.
Suggested age: 10+
Summary

Camila’s Decision/ The Two Faces of Sofia/ Micaela’s Confession/ The Other Life of Belén/ Lucia’s Search

A thirteen year old named Camila receives a text on her cellphone that leaves her very intrigued. She doesn’t know if she should follow the impulse and find out what it’s about, or stay calm that Saturday at home. As the hours go by, she remembers key moments in her life: the love that united her with her best friend, her relationship with her family, the separation of her parents, her first period. Later, she’ll have to make a difficult decision. This is where you help! What Camila does (and the consequences she faces) depends on your decision as well.

A fourteen year old named Sofia is the most popular and most admired girl in the school. She’s beautiful, charismatic, a leader, egocentric, and makes people call her by her nickname, Soff. Her life seems perfect, but things aren't always what they seem. Which is the real Sofia? What terrible secret does she hide in the loft of her home? Learn all about Sofia, Camila’s arch nemesis, and dare to make a decision that will lead the protagonist to have an ending that will depend on your own choice.

Micaela opens her Twitter and finds herself reading one word that destroys her: TRAITOR. The worst part is that the accusation is from her best friend, Constanza. From that moment, she begins to relive the moments in history that caused her to act the way she did. In that journey of memories and thoughts, of struggles and confessions, very painful secrets will come to light. What will you do in the end? Her destiny depends on what you decide!

Belén is cheerful, expressive, curious and friendly. Something that characterizes her is the sparkle in her eyes and her eternal smile. However, some big and definitive changes will make her face dark situations that she’s never imagined. Now, she doesn’t smile: she’s just a shadow of the girl she was before, it’s as if she had changed her life and her personality. What caused this overturn? Will she be able to be who she was before? Part of it depends on a key decision in which you will be a part of.

Lucia discovers a truth that changes the perspective she had of her family. The bitterness that increased after the birth of her brother turns her away from those who really love her. Now she is in danger, and she needs to meet again to face her new reality. Her destiny depends on your choice!

Golden Book Award 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015, Uruguay.

Category
Children & Ya
Fiction
Text
Cecilia Curbelo
Publisher
Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial
Year
2017
Language
Spanish
ISBN
9789562624305/9789974683969/9789974748798/9789974748828/9789974748804
Pages
160pp/238pp/306pp/240pp/304pp
Cover
Softcover
Size
15x21,5cm
File

EVEN IF SERIES

This series is composed of two books. The novels are independent from one another, nevertheless some characters cross.
Suggested age: 13+
Summary

Even If He’s Not Here Bruno plans to run away. Flee from his home, and from his family- or what's left of it - after his father's death. He can’t tolerate seeing everything that matters disintegrate. His brother Guillermo’s attitude and the apparent indifference of his mother only aggravate the situation. Only the music his father listens brings peace to the situation. Bruno and Guille, immersed in the battle to survive the duel, face each other. In that fight they must also face someone else: themselves.

Even If She’s Here Morgana has thousands of followers on social media. With her insinuating selfies that causes envy in girls and admiration of boys. But the perfect virtual world that she shows doesn’t exist. It’s just a way she escapes her life and a reality that nobody would imagine seeing from her photos on the internet.

Category
Children & Ya
Fiction
Text
Cecilia Curbelo
Publisher
Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial
Year
2016/2017
Language
Spanish
ISBN
9789974736672/9789974748507
Pages
320pp/288pp
Cover
Softcover
Size
15 X 21,5 cm

AZAR SERIES

The novels that make up this series have an ending that depends on a decision taken at random by the reader based on a slogan. The novels are independent of each other, however the protagonists are always named in the previous story.
Suggested age: 10+
Summary

Agustina’s way: Agustina has a strong character and a great weakness: her sister Renata, whom she has noticed is weird. Even though Agus secretly listens to conversations, she still doesn’t know what’s happening. What she does know is that she loves her dog Hakuna (who she shares with her best friend Maxi), that her father is sad, that her grandfather needs more care and that her sister’s boyfriend Lalo is fed up. When the truth comes into the light she’ll want to solve things in her own way. In Agustina’s way!

Lucas and Ines without labels: Lucas is different from his classmates. He doesn’t fit into any groups. He doesn’t speak much, he isn't interested in soccer or music, and he’s very sure about his way of thinking. One night, he listens to a conversation amongst his parents, they decide to quit their jobs, move to a new city and start a new life. Soon after moving, very strange things begin to happen. He and his friend Ines, a girl as different as he is, investigate what’s causing the strange episodes. What they discover involves their mother and many of the neighbors in that small town. Only by sticking together they can face the problems.

What Natalia doesn´t know: When Natalia arrived from high school, she found her mother waiting for her with a bus ticket. Without any explanation at all, she sent her to live in a cabin, far from the city, with a woman called Doña Rosa. Used to her mother´s constant mood swings but although confused and terrified, Natalia tried to be positive: the place was wonderful, with its extensive beaches. However, behind that paradise there are many secrets. Secrets related to a story that involves her.

Category
Children & Ya
Fiction
Text
Cecilia Curbelo
Publisher
Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial
Year
2018/2019/2020
Language
Spanish
ISBN
9789974888081/9789974899223/9789915652115
Pages
190pp/198pp/232pp
Cover
Softcover
Size
15x20cm
File

MAJU SERIES

For children 7+ years old.
Summary

Maju, stop talking! Maju is eight years old and lives with her parents, her grandmother Zulma (who is a fan of reggaeton) and her four hamsters. She is talkative, like her grandmother and her friend Julia, with whom she shares the class with other classmates. In that school they live many experiences, the beautiful ones and the others. Maju doesn't stop talking, she can't, it's stronger than her, but that fact makes her very funny! Meet this story full of humor and mischief. Maju, you are not the center of the universe! Maju is nervous. She has an exam on multiplication tables and on top of that she is forced to hang out with Gerónimo, with whom she has not gotten along since she made fun of Tefy. However, you will discover that sometimes we need time to get to know others thoroughly, and that they can still surprise us, for better and for worse. You just have to be yourself. Oh! Also add a lot of humor and some reggaeton!

Maju, you are not the center of the universe! Maju is nervous. She has an exam on multiplication tables and on top of that she is forced to hang out with Gerónimo, with whom she has not gotten along since she made fun of Tefy. However, you will discover that sometimes we need time to get to know others thoroughly, and that they can still surprise us, for better and for worse. You just have to be yourself. Oh! Also add a lot of humor and some reggaeton!

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Category
Children & Ya
Fiction
Text
Cecilia Curbelo
Publisher
Alfaguara Infantil & Juvenil
Year
2019
Language
Spanish
ISBN
9789974903258
Pages
96pp
Cover
Softcover
Size
13,5 X 19cm
File