Space-obsessed 12-year-old Paola and her two friends, Emma and Dante, know the rule: Stay away from the river, where a schoolmate drowned a year ago. Pao has been told to stay away for even longer than that, because her mother is constantly warning her about La Llorona, the ghost woman who wanders the banks of the Gila at night, looking for young people to drag into its murky depths. Hating her mother's superstitions, Pao organizes a meet-up to test out her new telescope near the Gila. But when Emma never arrives and Pao sees a shadowy figure in the reeds, it seems like maybe her mom was right. To find her friend Pao will have to enter the world of her nightmares.
Age Range: 8-12 | Grade Level: 3-7 | Lexile Measure: NA