The Little Blue House
Written by Sandra Comino
Publication Date April 01, 2003
In a very small town in rural Argentina there is a magical house. No one has lived in the house for almost as long as anyone can remember. But once a year, at midnight, the house turns blue and twenty-four hours later it turns back to white again.
Twelve-year-old Cintia lives with her father, who is a very angry man. Cintia finds refuge in the Little Blue House. She is drawn there repeatedly even though her father has told her not to go, and the town Mayor forbids anyone from visiting the place without paying.
But there is more than one mystery in the town. A voice on the radio has suddenly begun telling stories about events that happened long ago involving a Native family and an old Spaniard. The townspeople, including Cintia, are riveted by these stories but no one knows who the storyteller might be.
This is a wonderful, magical book that combines mystery, love stories, history and politics and gives us an evocative portrait of rural Latin America.
Winner of the Para Leer el XXI Prize 2001
Selected for the Americas Award Commended List 2007
Sandra Comino is an award-winning Argentine author. The Spanish editor of Morning Glory (La enamorada del muro) won the Primer Premio "A la Orilla del Viento" (Fondo de Cultura Economica de Mexico) and was named one of the best books of 2002 by Banco del Libro of Venezuela. Sandra Comino is also the author of The Little Blue House (La casita azul), winner of the 2001 Para Leer el XXI Prize awarded at the Cuba IBBY Regional Congress. She lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina.