Cece Rios and the Desert of Souls
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About the Author
Kaela Rivera was raised to believe in will-o'-the-wisps and el chupacabra, but even scary stories couldn't stop her from reading in the isolated treetops, caves, and creeks of Tennessee's Appalachian forests.
She still believes in the folktales of her Mexican-American and British parents, but now she writes about them from the adventure-filled mountains of the Wild West. When she's not crafting stories, she's using her English degree from BYU-I as an editor for a marketing company (or secretly doodling her characters in the margins of her notebook).
Her biggest hope is to highlight and explore the beauty of cultural differences--and how sharing those differences can bring us all closer.
Intertwined with rich Mexican folklore and culturally infused language, this is a brilliantly unveiled coming-of-age story not for the faint of heart.... Courage, determination, and unwavering love are the foundation of this debut.--School Library Journal
"A beautifully written fantasy story with tons of heart!"--Ryan Calejo, author of the Charlie Hernández series
Pokemon meets Coco in a spirited and moving adventure, at once familiar and tantalizingly strange, peopled by beautifully crafted and vivid characters.--David Bowles, award-winning author of They Call Me Güero
An astonishing and moving tale infused with spirit and unforgettable magic.
-- -J.C. Cervantes, New York Times Bestselling Author of The Storm Runner series
Flush with incredible worldbuilding, mucho español throughout, and an unforgettable cast, this book reminds us that our greatest strengths can sometimes be found in the unlikeliest of places.--Pablo Cartaya, award-winning author of The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora
Rivera's spellbinding debut feels incredibly fresh. Enchanted readers will hope for more from Cece and her extraordinary, magical world.--Booklist (starred review)