Parents' Guide to

Lobizona: Wolves of No World, Book 1

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Compelling Latina hero, rushed storytelling in deep fantasy.

Lobizona: Wolves of No World, Book 1 Poster Image

A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

There aren't any parent reviews yet. Be the first to review this title.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: Not yet rated
Kids say: Not yet rated

While the story builds too hastily, it will still draw readers in thanks to Manu, its undocumented and part non-human main character. When we meet Manu she's already got some superpowers -- super smell, super hearing, super-thick hair -- and wild eyes that look like suns, which she needs to hide behind glasses. And every day she's scared of ICE finding her and her mother in Miami. She has to run away from everything to find who she is. The world she discovers is full of witches (brujas) and werewolves (lobizones), and her place in it fascinates.

The world would fascinate more if it had been more carefully drawn for the reader. It's really hard to visualize the academy Manu finds in the Everglades and the parallel realm beyond. The author also takes shortcuts with the building of Manu's new friendships. It's really hard to understand why two girls who barely know her are willing to risk themselves to cover up her secrets. The rules of this secret world are also sparsely laid out, making the stakes for Manu's discovery hard to grasp. Careful plotting and lots more description would go a long way toward making this good fantasy read a spectacular one.

Book Details

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate