(Babulinka Books, 2019)
Illustrated by: Ferran Orta
Llibreter Award 2020
Novel: young
Literary style: narrative
Language: catalan, spanish
Tags: transsexuality, grief, family, writing, friendship, empathy

Recommended for: junior school, secondary school

I have been writing this diary for two years now and it seems to me that it has become my second best friend. The first is still Max; now that we’re fourteen, our friendship has matured but the love I feel for him is getting more interesting and a little tricky. In addition, there is no one to take off Manel’s mother, who has a young son, and Grandpa Ignasi has fallen in love with her. As if all this were not enough, the village is in danger: a development company intends to seriously change the beautiful landscape of Dunes; our baliga-balaga gang, however, has a lot to say!

Following of Duna. Diari d’un estiu.

Visit the translation to spanish.

«A diary that many readers were expecting, the second part of Duna, but could be read completely independently. Dunes also engages readers because it is a fantastic book. A highly recommended reading, from an author, Muriel Villanueva, who I think is much more than recognized, already.»

Anna Guitart, Els matins de TV3.

«I propose an excellent youth novel, an initiatory story, a cry to beautiful adolescence and the awakening of ecological awareness. […] She is, with no doubt, a writer that anyone who loves books and good stories should read.»

Sílvia Cantos.

«Muriel Villanueva has done it again, yes I said it, period. The challenge of making a second part for Duna was not an easy task. Talking about so many topics, that flow. They make you return to your teenage self, you can’t stop reading… Good literature has no age, but if you have young people around, give them this book. Great illustrations by Ferran Orta.»

Fe Fernández, L’Espolsada llibres.

«Dunes, by definition, is even more than Duna. […] All this, manifestations of the same vital drive: to love and to be loved. The raw material is a credible first-person voice, without mincing words, that discovers the world as it questions it, coherent and that releases, without shrillness, dozens of phrases to savor.»

Joan Bustos, Clijcat.