Steamboat author shares new book with elementary school readers
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Jorge Avila believes every child wants to live in a universe full of possibilities. Using folklore and mysticism, his new book does just that.
Avila, a Steamboat Springs-based author, has released the first book, “Book Suriana Lugo y el Mago Eskeleto” in his four-book series the “Chronicles of Dia de Muertos” for young readers.
To share the new story with young readers, Avila ventured to the Emerald Mountain School, Soda Creek Elementary School and Strawberry Park Elementary School this week.
“This book is about friendship and the struggle to find ourselves in this complicated world,” Avila said. “Like Drhey, one of the characters of the book, is the perfect example. But I don’t want to give away too much of the story.”
Beginning on Nov. 2, with a scene from a Day of the Dead celebration, the book’s main character Suriana is celebrating her 13th birthday when a ghostly creature shows up at her grandparents’ front door and delivers a strange message: “Eskeleto, the Guardian of the Altar of the Offering, is missing.” Suriana must leave her home to find the mysterious Sigmund Eskeleto.
Avila said the message of the newly published book is simple — to inspire and encourage kids of any background to pursue whatever their dreams may be.
“Over the years, there haven’t been many books published about the Day of the Dead tradition, especially directed at a young audience,” Avila said. “Also, there are not many books that portray a young, female heroine as a main character.”
Featuring places familiar to the Yampa Valley, in 2010, Avila wrote his first novel “Maricopa,” then in 2015, he wrote a theatrical played based on the book titled “Maricopa: An American Border Tale,” along with another play “Aldo el Aventurero,” which featured themes around awareness about eco-systems.
Avila said his books are available on amazon and will be available in two weeks at at Off the Beaten the Path bookstore and the Bud Werner Memorial Library.
The cover, spine and back cover of “Book Suriana Lugo y el Mago Eskeleto” was illustrated and designed by Angel Hernandez and Mirko Erspamer, both of Steamboat Springs.
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