The Resource Charlie Hernández and the league of shadows, by Ryan Calejo

Charlie Hernández and the league of shadows, by Ryan Calejo

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Charlie Hernández and the league of shadows
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Charlie Hernández and the league of shadows
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by Ryan Calejo
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Charlie Hernandez and the league of shadows
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eng
Summary
Steeped in Hispanic folklore since childhood, middle schooler Charlie Hernández learns the stories are true when, shortly after his parents disappearance, he grows horns and feathers and finds himself at the heart of a battle to save the world
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  • Grades 5-8 /* Starred Review */ Charlie Hernández loves his abuela’s stories, drawn from Latino and Hispanic folklore, in particular legends about supernatural creatures—­some good, many evil. When Charlie’s parents go missing, his house burns down, and he starts growing horns and sprouting feathers, Charlie, aided by intelligent classmate Violet Rey, begins to discover that the tales his grandmother passed down to him may not have been fiction after all, and may be more entwined with his destiny than he could have ever imagined. As Violet and Charlie get closer to the secret his family was shielding, they come across brujas, La Llorona, El Sombrerón, Justo Juez, and more, all while Charlie must try to hide his physical transformations from his best friends. Soon Charlie discovers that his life is deeply linked with the balance of peace between the Land of the Living and the Land of the Dead. In chapters filled with fast-paced action, Calejo’s novel is sure to draw in readers and introduce them to the magic, beauty, and history of Hispanic myths and legends (many of which are elaborated on further in a glossary for those unfamiliar with the stories). This is a perfect pick for kids who love Rick Riordan’s many series, particularly for those eager for mythologies beyond Greek and Roman stories. A cliff-hanger ending only adds to the appeal. -- Selenia Paz (Reviewed 8/1/2018) (Booklist, vol 114, number 22, p88)
  • /* Starred Review */ He's not the "chosen one"—but the bad guys think he is. Mexican-born, American-raised Charlie Hernández just grew horns. And feathers. It's inconvenient. He's already feeling alone since his parents disappeared after their South Florida house burned down and he started living with Mrs. Wilson, an older woman who collects creepy-looking dolls. When the very cute, very cool Violet Rey discovers his secret, she becomes his unlikely companion as Charlie discovers a map inside an old locket, all he has left from his mother, that leads to a cemetery. All of a sudden, all the Hispanic (both Latin American and Iberian) myths he learned from his abuela leave the world of legend and reveal themselves in Miami—and everyone, good and bad, seems to be after Charlie. Legend and Catholicism mix to form a fantasy adventure that feels authentically Latin American in its syncretism. Charlie is smart, sensitive, and funny, and the characters he encounters, from La Llorona (Mexican-American) to El Sombrerón (Guatemalan) to La Cuca (Brazilian), are both consistent with their folkloric roots and distinctive in their own rights. Words in Spanish are introduced in italics and printed in Roman text thereafter, and Charlie naturally code switches when talking to the villains and heroes and translating for Violet. (Though her surname indicates possible Latinx heritage, she presents white and speaks no Spanish.) The ending very obviously hints at a sequel with a new adventure, but it does fully wrap up the story. A winner for all kids, but it will be especially beloved by Latinx and Hispanic families who may recognize some of the characters. (glossary) (Fantasy. 10-14) (Kirkus Reviews, September 1, 2018)
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10734155
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Calejo, Ryan
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[Fic]
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no index present
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fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 5
  • 8
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True
Series statement
Charlie Hernandez
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0001
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  • Shapeshifting
  • Folklore
  • Secret societies
  • Good and evil
  • Missing persons
  • Hispanic Americans
  • JUVENILE FICTION
  • JUVENILE FICTION
  • Shapeshifting
  • Folklore
  • Secret societies
  • Good and evil
  • Missing persons
  • Hispanic Americans
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pre adolescent
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Charlie Hernández and the league of shadows, by Ryan Calejo
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on1033553570
Dimensions
22 cm
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First Aladdin hardcover edition.
Extent
330 pages
Isbn
9781534426580
Lccn
2018014304
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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(OCoLC)1033553570
Label
Charlie Hernández and the league of shadows, by Ryan Calejo
Publication
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
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on1033553570
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First Aladdin hardcover edition.
Extent
330 pages
Isbn
9781534426580
Lccn
2018014304
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1033553570

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