Mañanaland - Pam Muñoz Ryan - Thorndike - 978-1432883287
Thorndike Press


  • Pam Muñoz Ryan
  • Offered By: Thorndike Striving Reader
  • ISBN-10: 1432883283
  • ISBN-13: 9781432883287
  • DDC: Fic
  • Shipping Weight: .95 lbs ( .43 kgs)
  • 316 Pages | Hardcover
  • Published/Released September 2020



A New York Times Bestselling Author
A Newbery Honor Medal Winning Author
A Kirkus Prize Winning Author
An Indie Next Pick

Maximiliano Córdoba loves stories, especially the legend Buelo tells him about a mythical gatekeeper who can guide brave travelers on a journey into tomorrow. If Max could see tomorrow, he would know if he’d make Santa Maria’s celebrated fútbol team and whether he’d ever meet his mother, who disappeared when he was a baby. He longs to know more about her, but Papá won’t talk. So when Max uncovers a buried family secret — involving guardians who lead people fleeing a neighboring country to safety — he seeks answers on his own. With a treasured compass, a mysterious stone rubbing, and Buelo’s legend as his only guides, he sets out on a perilous quest to discover if he is true of heart and what the future holds.

Age Range: 8-12 | Grade Level: 3-7 | Lexile Measure: 650L


Customer Reviews

“Evocative and dreamlike writing . . . authentic characters . . . impeccable pacing. . . . This story, infused with magic, reminds children that humanity thrives when people embrace differences and construct bridges instead of borders. Another unforgettable work from a master storyteller.”

— Booklist (starred)

“This richly tiered novel is, at its core, wrenchingly real . . . Newbery Honoree Ryan (Echo) infuses the soccer-loving boy’s story with mystery based on local myth, closely guarded secrets, and a missing birth certificate. Lyrical allusions to the heartbreaking reality of life under repressive regimes and Max’s belief in the promise of tomorrow fuse the title and plot of this compelling novel.”

— Publishers Weekly (starred)

“Ryan beautifully layers thought-provoking topics onto her narrative while keeping readers immersed in the story’s world. Although set in the fictional country of Santa Maria, “somewhere in the Américas,” the struggles of refugee immigrants and the compassion of those who protect the travelers feel very relevant. This tightly packed, powerful fantasy contains resonant truths.”

— Kirkus Reviews (starred)

“As always, Ryan’s strength is in her visually expressive language . . . Poignant, memorable moments are created with just a few sentences . . . A gem of a story with timely messages . . . a required purchase.”

— School Library Journal