Reading is an important habit in children. But it is not always easy to get the little ones to carry a book in their backpacks. The digitized age brings many stimuli into play and, at times, it is difficult to concentrate, both outside and inside the classroom. This is what many professors point out, among whom is Ascent Purse, of the Maristes la Immaculada school.
In the 32 years that she has been in the profession, Ascen, because that is how the students know her, she has seen the evolution in the classrooms and has assured The vanguard that "it is increasingly difficult for students to be what they have to be." However, he does not lose hope, because "despite everything, I am of the opinion that it is easy to get hooked on literature if it is taught to love it from an early age".
If they are taught a good reading base from an early age, it is easy to get hooked on literature and, once attracted, there will be no one to take them off "
That is precisely one of the teacher's purposes. In addition, your students have the privilege of receiving advice from a professional because, after five in the afternoon, exchange classes for the pen of a writer. And nothing is going wrong. Recently he has just published his second novel The Box (Red Circle), the second part of the saga The mysterious quartz, which he published in 2017 and which is now in its third edition.
The writer recognizes The vanguard that it has been precisely his pupils who have encouraged him to continue the story. "They often asked me to let them know how the novel continued, because I left an open ending. I told them to be patient, because it is not easy to combine the world of writing with work. […] Time passed and the questions continued and I thought they deserved to know how the adventures of Luis, Ana, Celia and Marcos continued. "
They are the four characters that gave magic to his first story and precisely this last one, Marcos, is the hook that gives rise to the second novel by Monedero. What happened to him? This is what Clara asks herself, a young woman in her twenties who a few months ago had read the legend of the mysterious quartz that hangs from her neck. Marcos is the childhood friend of his grandmother Celia. But she always avoids talking about him and, precisely because of that, her granddaughter feels a great curiosity.
One afternoon he enters his grandmother's room and decides to investigate. There, discover a picture and a key that is hidden in the door frame. He takes the two objects "borrowed" and puts them in his bag. Later, she wanders the streets of Barcelona and, without knowing how, is attracted to an antique shop where she meets Toni. Together, the two young people will live a fantastic adventure; an adventure hidden in time and through which they will discover the secrets of their grandparents, those that nobody had ever wanted to explain.
But what is it that leads a teacher to write what in the future It could be a trilogy? "Since I was a child I always had a notebook at hand, where I wrote down everything that interested me. I have always liked to write and I went back to it when my father died. It was a way of disconnecting and being able to take refuge for a while in a parallel universe. Writing has helped me heal wounds. After a line came another and, little by little, ended up coming out with a meaningful story that I was making mine, "he explains. "In fact, all dates have a special meaning, including the death of my father."
Since I was a child I always had a notebook at hand, where I wrote down everything that interested me. I've always liked to write and I went back to it when my father died "
The adventures take place in Vianos, Albacete, where the author spent her childhood during her childhood. "I spent my childhood there but then I was 30 years without going. When I turned 50, I went back to visit him, and every year since then […] The writing has helped me to return to the origins ".
And, "how could it be otherwise", the book has some "magnificent illustrations, made by young talent". As Ascen reveals to this medium, those responsible for the graphic part of their project are a 15-year-old girl, Lidia Ubieto, and another one of 18, Judit Bisbal. "I was very clear that I was going to bet on emerging creative minds and help them give a push to make themselves known […] In addition, they have been able to capture with great ease the most exciting scenes in the book. They are fantastic".
I was very clear that, [para las ilustraciones] I was going to bet on emerging creative minds