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By Tae Keller

THE LAST CUENTISTA
By Donna Barba Higuera

The world is ending. It’s 2061 and a solar flare has pushed Halley’s comet onto a collision course with Earth. Only a handpicked group of scientists, builders and politicians can escape the ticking time bomb of a planet, on luxury spacecrafts. Much to her relief — and deep survivor’s guilt — Petra Peña; her brother, Javier; and their two supersmart scientist parents are selected. They expect to be put into hypersleep for the 380-year journey, kept alive by multiple generations of caretakers, or “Monitors,” until they reach their new planet.

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