Thorndike Press

Paola Santiago and the River of Tears

  • Tehlor Kay Mejia
  • Offered By: Thorndike Striving Reader
  • ISBN-10: 1432884697
  • ISBN-13: 9781432884697
  • Shipping Weight: 1.50 lbs ( .68 kgs)
  • 558 Pages | Hardcover
  • Published/Released December 2020



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


Customer Reviews

“This fast-paced journey into Latinx folklore, with its clever protagonist, is sure to keep readers turning pages into the night.”

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