Ryan Calejo: Charlie Hernández & the League of Shadows (1)

Lire Charlie Hernández & the League of Shadows (1) Auteur Ryan Calejo – wpa8ball.co.uk

The backstory is doneGracias muchacho The book received doesn t meet the expectation The ality is mediocre Not satisfied The kids loved it This is not a great choice for this only English speaking librarian to choose to read on her Google Classroom I completely butchered all the Spanish phrases and mythological creatures that are sprinkled liberally throughout this book BUT the action level is high and my kiddos are following along anxious to see what evil beast is going to try to kill Charlie and his companion Violet as they try to find his missing parents and save both this world and one beyond ours from a group of powerful and evil creatures from the Land of the Dead Mythology is a popular topic among my middle grade library patrons and now that they feel like they know all there is to know about the Greek and Roman characters they are ready to move on to Egyptian Norse Hispanic and a variety of other cultures Charlie Hernandez is filled to. Ent the last five hundred years haunting the imaginations of children all across the Iberian Peninsula as well as Central and South America And even though his grandmother sometimes hinted that the tales might bethan mere myth Charlies always been a pragmatist Even barely out of diapers he knew the stories were just make believenothingthan intricately woven fables meant to keep little kids from misbehaving But when Charlie begins to experience freaky bodily manifestationsones all too similar to those described by his grandma in his favorite legendhe is suddenly swept p in a world where the mythical beings hes spent his entire life hearing about seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Hispanic

Exactly what I was looking for Buen trabajo RyanI was inspired by my wife s Guatemalan folklore to write a Latinx fantasy thinking the world of literature needed something fresh and niue So how crazy to finally stumble Mistida upon Charlie Hernandez and Ryan Calejo s work Big Data probably caughtp to me and my search tendencies But enough about that and about the League of ShadowsFrom the cover to the back of book blurb this hooked me right away and turned out to be exactly what I was hoping for Ryan is for Latin American Mythology like Rick Riordan is for the better known Roman Greek and Egyptian tales He brings each to life and even has some fun with them The story flows well makes you feel for the characters and nails the middle school vibe but not overly so I do not want to spoil the story by saying too much so will stop here However seeing he just published a second one I can honestly say that I am looking forward to where he goes next now that all. This is a perfect pick for kids who love Rick Riordans many series particularly for those eager for mythologies beyond Greek and Roman stories Booklist starred review A winner for all kids but it will be especially beloved by Latinx and Hispanic families Kirkus Reviews starred review The Lightning Thief meets the Story Thieves series in this middle grade fantasy inspired by Hispanic folklore legends and myths from the Iberian Peninsula and Central and South AmericaCharlie Hernndez has always been proud of his Latin American heritage He loves the culture the art and especially the myths Thanks to his abuelas stories Charlie possesses an almost encyclopedic knowledge of the monsters and ghouls who have sp.

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The brim with amazing villains and heroes than I could imagine and I spent much time doing some outside research and hope my students do as well The plot is complicated enough to keep the most advanced reader intrigued and full of enough adventure that some of the less capable are going to stick around Every Step (Music, Love and Other Miseries, until the conclusion Except that the conclusion sends you right into book 2 Charlie Hernandez and the Castle of Bones Solid read but I am hoping that author Ryan Calego finds expressions tose instead of dude and freaking After several students even commented on the freuency of those two I started skipping them as I did my read alouds No profanity no sex and the violence is what you would expect of an wicked witch trying to kill the hero who is destined to save the good guys great to read lots of fun and my boy loved reading it me too Kids are hooked and loving it Have struggled to find something that interests both boys and girls this one is great. Olklore and into his life And even stranger they seem to knowabout him than he knows about himself Soon Charlie finds himself in the middle of an ancient battle between La Liga a secret society of legendary mythological beings sworn to protect the Land of the Living and La Mano Negra aka the Black Hand a cabal of evil spirits determined to rule mankind With only the help of his lifelong crush Violet Rey and his grandmothers stories to guide him Charlie must navigate a world where monsters and brujas rule and things he couldnt possibly imagine go bump in the night That is if he has any hope of discovering whats happening to him and saving his missing parents oh and maybe even the world No pressure muchac.