The Ancestor in The Mirror explores the history of Immigration around the world. Time travel meets historical fiction. Among other events, The Ancestor in The Mirror recalls moments in 1511 when the soldier Gonzalo Guerrero (Father of the First Mestizos and Army Captain of the Mayans), former priest Geronimo de Aguilar and his companions, reached the Mayan coasts after the shipwreck of their galleon in the middle of the Caribbean Sea. The novel also analyzes the complex history of Japanese immigration to Latin America and the U.S., focusing on policy debates to better understand key trends in migration policies.
While working as an Earth-Space Science teacher in Florida, Mendez Machin came up with the idea for The Ancestor in The Mirror as a cross-curricular reader to engage students and help them make connections across subject areas. He is currently developing a workbook to be used alongside the text in the classroom. Can you guess which subatomic particle the character Uno represents according to his behavior?