Parents need to know that Pahua and the Soul Stealer is a middle grade fantasy adventure about 11-year-old Pahua Moua. She's Hmong American and doesn't feel like she belongs. Living in Wisconsin doesn't help, but at least Pahua grew up special. All her life, she could see spirits, and she even has a talking spirit cat for a best friend. Her other best friend is her younger brother, Matt. But he suddenly falls ill after Pahua accidentally sets free an angry and sad spirit, who promptly begins stealing the souls of other children, including Matt. Good for them, then, that Pahua is a brave, determined, caring, and intelligent hero who doesn't resort to violence unless she absolutely has to. Pahua is a fantastic girl role model. On her quest to save her brother, Pahua will encounter scary demons, ghosts, and gods, life-threatening crises, hazards, and risks, and many moments of peril, fear, and danger. Expect chase scenes, lots of fighting, a girl chopping off the heads of spirit monsters, some stabbing with swords, knives, and spears, and girls killing spirits and demons. When cut or stabbed, spirits and demons dissipate into black smoke. But some blood happens when the two main characters get cut by enemy swords, claws, or other weapons. Many scenes also show Pahua and her friend Zhong almost dying as they face drowning, falling asleep forever, and being crushed to death inside a tree. Some of the monsters, ghosts, demons, and scary situations may frighten younger readers.