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Charlie Hernández & the league of shadows /

by Calejo, Ryan [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York, New York : Aladdin, 2018.Edition: First Aladdin hardcover edition.Description: 330 pages ; 22 cm.ISBN: 9781534426580; 1534426582.Other title: Charlie Hernández and the league of shadows.Subject(s): Shapeshifting -- Fiction | Folklore -- Latin America -- Fiction | Secret societies -- Fiction | Good and evil -- Fiction | Missing persons -- Fiction | Hispanic Americans -- Fiction | JUVENILE FICTION -- People & Places -- United States -- Hispanic & Latino | JUVENILE FICTION -- Fantasy & Magic | Shapeshifting -- Juvenile fiction | Folklore -- Latin America -- Juvenile fiction | Secret societies -- Juvenile fiction | Good and evil -- Juvenile fiction | Missing persons -- Juvenile fiction | Hispanic Americans -- Juvenile fiction | Fantasy fiction | Fantasy fiction | Fantasy fiction | Fiction | Juvenile worksSummary: "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."--Colophon.
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"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." -- Booklist (starred review) <br> <br> "A winner for all kids, but it will be especially beloved by Latinx and Hispanic families." -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review) <br> <br> 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 America. <br> <br> Charlie Hernández has always been proud of his Latin American heritage. He loves the culture, the art, and especially the myths. Thanks to his abuela 's stories, Charlie possesses an almost encyclopedic knowledge of the monsters and ghouls who have spent 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 be more than mere myth, Charlie's always been a pragmatist. Even barely out of diapers, he knew the stories were just make-believe--nothing more than intricately woven fables meant to keep little kids from misbehaving.<br> <br> But when Charlie begins to experience freaky bodily manifestations--ones all too similar to those described by his grandma in his favorite legend--he is suddenly swept up in a world where the mythical beings he's spent his entire life hearing about seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Hispanic folklore and into his life. And even stranger, they seem to know more about him than he knows about himself.<br> <br> 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 (a.k.a. the Black Hand), a cabal of evil spirits determined to rule mankind. With only the help of his lifelong crush, Violet Rey, and his grandmother's stories to guide him, Charlie must navigate a world where monsters and brujas rule and things he couldn't possibly imagine go bump in the night. That is, if he has any hope of discovering what's happening to him and saving his missing parents (oh, and maybe even the world).<br> <br> No pressure, muchacho .

Ages 10-14.

"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."--Colophon.

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<opt> <anon I1="BLANK" I2="BLANK">Charlie Hernández & the League of Shadows CHAPTER ONE Myths, my abuela used to say, are truths long forgotten by the world. Which is probably why she collected them the way some people collect stamps. Or mugs with pictures of kittens on them. She gathered tales of enormous, horned, snakelike sea creatures, of two-headed vampire dogs with glowing red eyes, of terrifying man-eating ghouls that stalk the night, searching for naughty children to kidnap. The myths came from all over the Spanish-speaking world. From Madrid to Quito. Mexico City to Buenos Aires. Most of them were hundreds of years old, almost as old as the cultures that had inspired them. Some had spread quickly around the globe, spread like wildfire. Others never even left the tiny rural towns where they'd first been told. All her life my grandma had been obsessed with Hispanic mythology, with all the legends and stories and folklore, and had spent years teaching them to me. When I was little we used to hang out in the kitchen on lazy Saturday afternoons, me in my Power Rangers pj's and chancletas, my abuela telling her favorite tales from memory, making the epic battles and ghoulish monsters come to life with every gesture of her brown and wrinkled hands. Afterward, she would quiz me on what I'd heard; we played this little game, sort of like Pictionary, where she'd draw a quick sketch of one of the characters, and I would have to guess who--or, in most cases, what--it was. If I got four in a row, she'd let me eat leche condensada right out of the can, which might've been the only thing I enjoyed more than listening to her stories. At the time I thought it was all just for fun, a cool little game between the two of us. But I should've known better; my abuela hated party games. Excerpted from Charlie Hernández and the League of Shadows by Ryan Calejo All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.</anon> </opt>

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In this fast-paced new adventure series full of fantastical creatures from Hispanic mythology, Charlie has listened to his abuela's scary tales for years. But suddenly, around the time of a mysterious fire, they seem to come to life. Charlie--now growing horns and feathers--and his crush, Violet, set off on a global chase to find his missing parents. At times frightening but consistently entertaining. Glos. (c) Copyright 2019. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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