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Paola Santiago and the River of Tears: Paola Santiago, Book 1

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Spine-tingling excitement in folktale-inspired fantasy.

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This exciting fantasy series kickoff brings the chills and thrills you'd expect from a story based on the legend of La Llorona, and it has a refreshing Latina smart girl as a main character. Paola's not perfect, and she's got a lot to learn, but that's what makes her easy for young readers to relate to. The action, spooky atmospheres, and spine-tingling fantasy-folklore creatures keep the pages turning. Author Tehlor Kay Mejia also thoroughly grounds the story in the present by bringing up important issues without getting preachy or bogging the story down.

Sometimes it gets a little frustrating when the characters take too long to reach the obvious solution, but it's a minor flaw and one that readers on the younger side probably won't notice. Nightmarish fantasy creatures and themes of being separated from parents make it best for big kids and up.

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