King Pachuco and Princess MirasolIn 2012 Ms. Rucobo’s first book, King Pachuco and Princess Mirasol, was a finalist in the New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards and was nominated for the National Hispanic Cultural Center’s Premio Aztlán Literary Prize. All three books, King Pachuco and Princess Mirasol, King Pachuco and Princess Mirasol—The Sequel, and the Spanish translation of the original book, can now be found at Amazon’s Kindle Store.
King Pachuco, the youngest King of Pacifista in the next galaxy, has just met Princess Mirasol at her first Palace Ball. As the King escorts the Princess to her palace, they encounter Malvado, an evil troll, who transforms them into the eggs of a Lilac-headed Amazon parrot and a lovebird and sends them down a wormhole in space to Planet Earth. An old Hispanic couple buys King Pachuco who hatches in a pet shop. Princess Mirasol lives in a sparrow’s nest near the Rio Grande and must travel toward the mountains in search of water. She, too, finds her way to the home of the old couple. The birds live for a time in the kitchen of the elderly couple in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Then they plan their escape into the night sky and their perilous journey home.
Publisher: The Wildflower Press 2011
King Pachuco and Princess Mirasol—The Sequel
King Pachuco and Princess Mirasol—The Sequel received an Honorable Mention in the 2014 Los Angeles Book Festival. Less than five percent of those entering this contest are honored with an award.
Bonnie Rucobo presents a spellbinding adventure in King Pachuco and Princess Mirasol—The Sequel. Idyllic life on Pacifista changes rapidly for Pachuco and Mirasol when they learn that a large asteroid is on a collision course with their planet. The two must now travel via intergalactic space glider back to Earth, back to Albuquerque, New Mexico, in order to find the solution to this crisis. Their quest takes them into the realm of science at Los Alamos National Laboratory, and into the realm of Navajo spirituality and ritual. A must read for children and their adults!
-- Poet Elaine G. Schwartz, Ph.D., Area of Interest/Focus: Children’s Literature
Publisher: The Wildflower Press 2013