James Luna

This author appeared at the 2012 festival. Please view the list of authors appearing at this year's festival or see our suggestions for similar authors below.

James Luna at the 2012  Texas Book Festival

Flor enjoyed her two-week trip to Mexico, though she's glad to be back at school. One day, as she’s pulling her homework out of her backpack, she's shocked to feel a cold hand clutching hers. Thinking that the pesky boys in her class are playing a trick on her, she turns around to look into her pack. She's stunned to see two yellow eyes blinking inside. Flor and her best friend Lupita stare in astonishment as a cowboy hat, followed by a small man with dark yellow skin and thin, stringy hair emerges from her backpack. He introduces himself as Rafa, a mummy from Guanajuato. Amusing hijinks ensue as the girls try to hide Rafa from their teacher, classmates, and family. And when Rafa realizes that it's almost the Day of the Dead, or El Dia de los Muertos, he longs to return home. The girls are forced to reveal their secret and seek help from an adult. How can they get Rafa home in time for the annual celebration honoring deceased loved ones? James Luna’s A Mummy in Her Backpack/Una Momia en su mochila is published in a bilingual "flip" format. Young readers ages 8 to 12 will savor this entertaining story about mummies, friendship, and responsibility. Luna is an elementary school teacher and is also the author of a bilingual picture book for children, The Runaway Piggy/El cochinito fugitivo (2010), which won the Tejas Star Book Award, which Luna will be receiving at the Festival this year. He lives and works in Riverside, California.


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