Rick Riordan Presents: Paola Santiago and the River of Tears-A Paola Santiago Novel Book 1 (Paperback)

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Rick Riodan presents author Tehlor Kay Mejia and her fantasy adventure based on the Mexican legend of La Llorona (the Crying Woman). 12-year-old Paola is more comfortable with science than with her mother’s superstitious ghost stories. So she pays no attention to her mom’s warning to stay away from the Gila river because that is where La Llorona, the wailing ghost, hangs out at night waiting to drag young people into the murky depths. When Paola arranges to meet her friends to test out a new telescope near the Gila, Emma never arrives. To find her friend she must leave her logical life and enter into the nightmare of unnatural mist, mind-bending monsters, and relentless spirits. A page-turning journey into Latinx folklore.

— Hicklebee's Staff

About the Author

Tehlor Kay Mejia is an Oregon native in love with the alpine meadows and evergreen forests of their home state, where they live with their daughter. When Tehlor's not writing, you can find them plucking the guitar, stealing rosemary sprigs from overgrown gardens, or trying to make the perfect vegan tamale. Tehlor is the author of three middle grade novels about Paola Santiago as well as the YA fantasy novels We Set the Dark on Fire and We Unleash the Merciless Storm. Follow her on Instagram @TehlorKay.

Praise For…

*"A new hero's fantastic and fantastical debut--her next appearance can't come soon enough."—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

*"A warm, thrilling Mexican American ­adventure. An essential purchase."—School Library Journal (starred review)

*"Mejia draws upon her Latinx heritage to conjure creatures from folklore . . . and layer[s] in realistic plot points: socioeconomic and immigration concerns, the tension between science and superstition."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

*"This fast-paced journey into Latinx folklore, with its clever protagonist, is sure to keep readers turning pages into the night."—Booklist (starred review)
Product Details
ISBN: 9781368049337
ISBN-10: 1368049338
Publisher: Rick Riordan Presents
Publication Date: May 4th, 2021
Pages: 384
Language: English
Series: Paola Santiago