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Mir Cortez-Cáceres

Nani, a shooting star, lacks context regarding her origins and identity. Cast out from her home in Jupiter's ring, Nani sets out on a quest for safety and affection. Despite her lack of knowledge about her past, she is guided by an unwavering determination to find her "home." Using powerful symbolism, Mir skillfully highlights the negative preconceptions that many children in foster care experience. The story sheds light on the stark reality faced by those who seek safety in a world that may not always accept them. However, amidst these challenges, Nani discovers the true power of her gifts, realizing that they are not a burden but a pathway to greatness.

Book Details

  • Publisher: Peace4kids
  • Publish Date: May 9th, 2024
  • Pages: 34
  • Language: English
  • Edition: undefined - undefined
  • Dimensions: 8.50in - 11.00in - 0.25in - 0.90lb
  • EAN: 9798218431150
  • Recommended age: 04-09
  • Categories: General

About the Author

Cortez-Cáceres, Mir: - Mir is a Los Angeles based artist. She is also the co-founder of the ROCMove (Revolution of Care Movement) an initiative led by individuals with foster care experience, aiming to change media portrayal of youth in foster care by demystifying the experience. "Nani" is a semi-autobiographical story, as Mir depicts her foster care journey from the perspective of a shooting star. Born to undocumented immigrants from Mexico and El Salvador, Mir explores the narratives of her parents' upbringings and traumas by translating their experiences in her artwork. Mir's time in the foster care system fueled her desire to understand the systemic factors behind her challenging childhood. Utilizing her research and insights, Mir draws upon her personal experience to help advance an agenda of equity for youth impacted by adversity.
Peace4kids: - Peace4Kids is a grassroots nonprofit in South Los Angeles, established in 1998, dedicated to supporting youth in foster care. We sustain long-term relationships with marginalized youth, offering programs for ages 4-25, along with caregiver and family support. Our programs are informed directly by the youth we serve, allowing us to adapt and evolve.