Gonzalo Guerrero and his mom survived the Great Tsunami of La Palma in 2029 when he was only four. Almost his entire family disappeared in the tragedy. Only Gonzalo and his mom kept afloat during the horrific wave that killed almost two million people around the world. Now they have a bigger issue. She has lost her memory as a consequence of the traumatic brain injury she suffered during the cataclysm. Trapped in the present, there’s no other past or future for her in this world. However, since time travel is available, they could learn from the future in the same way they learn from the past.
This book can be used as a cross curricular material or potential reader to help high schoolers understand complicated subjects while promoting collaboration among teachers. While most readers are considering The Ancestor in The Mirror a standalone N.A. novel, this book is also an educational material to prompt questions that teachers can address during their instruction and debates.