Paola Santiago and the River of Tears

Paola Santiago and the River of Tears

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Space-obsessed 12-year-old Paola Santiago and her two best friends, Emma and Dante, know the rule: Stay away from the river. It's all they've heard since a schoolmate of theirs drowned a year ago. Pao is embarrassed to admit that she has been told to stay away for even longer than that, because her mother is constantly warning her about La Llorona, the wailing 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 humiliating superstitions and knowing that she and her friends would never venture into the water, Pao organizes a meet-up to test out her new telescope near the Gila, since it's the best stargazing spot. But when Emma never arrives and Pao sees a shadowy figure in the reeds, it seems like maybe her mom was right. . . .

Pao has always relied on hard science to make sense of the world, but to find her friend she will have to enter the world of her nightmares, which includes unnatural mist, mind-bending monsters, and relentless spirits controlled by a terrifying force that defies both logic and legend.

Title:Paola Santiago and the River of Tears
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781368049177
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    Paola Santiago and the River of Tears Reviews

  • Rick Riordan

    Don’t Go Near the WaterWhen I was a kid growing up in Texas, I was terrified of going in deep water. That wasn’t just because the movie Jaws freaked me out. (Although, yes, that giant robotic shar...

  • megs_bookrack

    Paola Santiago is a rational, science-loving, 12-year old, who is frequently embarrassed by her Mother's overtly superstitious nature.When Mom is not burning candles for various reasons, she is busy w...

  • Gavin Hetherington

    A thoroughly enjoyable start of a series with a world that I predict will only get more rich with each passing book. I loved some of the exploration of Mexican folktales, such as the chupacabras and L...

  • Ashley

    Star Rating: —> 3.5 StarsThis was great! I loved getting to delve deep into latinx lore! It is actually, surprisingly, one culture’s folklore that is quite new to me, in a way. More the presentati...

  • Olivia (Stories For Coffee)

    A super fun, sweet, adventure filled middle-grade perfect for Halloween time! ...

  • Liliana

    I'm sorry, did you say La Llorona? The legendary ghost my parents scared with me as a kid if I misbehaved?? (I mean, besides El Cucuy, obviously lol.)...

  • Leah Waters

    Another DNFed book. :(I just didn't care enough to continue....

  • Darla

    Paola's friend Emma is missing. Did she drown like the girl from last year? Did she get kidnapped like those other kids did in a nearby town? Should Paola and her friend Dante just let the adults hand...

  • Rameela (Star)

    Initial Thoughts: Y'all this was so fantastic I was so blown away!!!! Idk how to even gush about this properly because it was so fun and amazing and new and DARK! I did NOT expect the darkness and I w...

  • CW (The Quiet Pond) ?

    Paola Santiago and the River of Tears is a fun take on the La Llorona folklore and has some awesome twists and turns that will keep you entertained.- Follows titular Paola Santiago, a space-loving Mex...