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Blog Tour: Charlie Hernandez

CHARLIE HERNANDEZ & THE LEAGUE OF SHADOWSCHARLIE HERNANDEZ AND THE LEAGUE OF SHADOWS

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Title:

CHARLIE HERNANDEZ AND THE LEAGUE OF SHADOWS (Charlie Hernández #1)

Author:Ryan Calejo

Pub. Date:

October 23, 2018

Publisher:Aladdin

Formats:

Hardcover, Paperback, eBook, audiobook

Pages: 330

Find it: Goodreads,Amazon,Kindle,Audible,iBooks,Kobo,TBD

“This is a perfect pick for kids who love Rick Riordan’s many series, particularly for those eager for mythologies beyond Greek and Roman stories.” —Booklist (starred review)

“A winner for all kids, but it will be especially beloved by Latinx and Hispanic families.” —

Kirkus

Reviews (starred review)

The Lightning Thief meets the Story Thieves series in this middle grade fantasy inspired by Hispanic folklore, legends, and myths from the Iberian Peninsula and Central and South America.

Charlie Hernández has always been proud of his Latin American heritage. He loves the culture, the art, and especially the myths. Thanks to his abuela’s stories, Charlie possesses an almost encyclopedic knowledge of the monsters and ghouls who have spent the last five hundred years haunting the imaginations of children all across theIberian Peninsula, as well as Central and South America. And even though his grandmother sometimes hinted that the tales might be more than mere myth, Charlie’s always been a pragmatist. Even barely out of diapers, he knew the stories were just make-believe—nothing more than intricately woven fables meant to keep little kids from misbehaving.

But when Charlie begins to experience freaky bodily manifestations—ones all too similar to those described by his grandma in his favorite legend—he is suddenly swept up in a world where the mythical beings he’s spent his entire life hearing about seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Hispanic folklore and into his life. And even stranger, they seem to know more about him than he knows about himself.

Soon, Charlie finds himself in the middle of an ancient battle between La Liga, a secret society of legendary mythological beings sworn to protect the Land of the Living, and La Mano Negra (a.k.a. the Black Hand), a cabal of evil spirits determined to rule mankind. With only the help of his lifelong crush, Violet Rey, and his grandmother’s stories to guide him, Charlie must navigate a world where monsters and brujas rule and things he couldn’t possibly imagine go bump in the night. That is, if he has any hope of discovering

what’s happening to him and saving his missing parents (oh, and maybe even the world).

No pressure, muchacho.

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About Ryan Calejo was born and raised in south Florida. He graduated from the University of Miami with a BA. He’s been invited to join both the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and the Golden Key International Honour Society He teaches swimming to elementary school students, chess to middle school students, and writing to high school students. Having been born into a family of immigrants and growing up in the so-called “Capital of Latin America,” Ryan knows the importance of diversity in our communities and is passionate about writing books that children of all ethnicities can relate to. His first novel was Charlie Hernández the League of Shadows.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

8/19/2019

BookHounds

YA

Interview

8/20/2019

Savings in Seconds

Excerpt

8/21/2019

Twirling Book Princess

Excerpt

8/22/2019

Country Road Reviews

Review

8/23/2019

Lifestyle

Of

Me

Review

Week Two:

8/26/2019

Rhythmicbooktrovert

Review

8/27/2019

Wonder Struck

Review

8/28/2019

Two Chicks on Books

Interview

8/29/2019

Aunt Addie’s Bookshelf

Review

8/30/2019

The Desert Bibliophile

Review

Week Three:

9/2/2019

The Layaway Dragon

Review

9/3/2019

Random Bookish Banter

Review

9/4/2019

Eli to the nth

Review

9/5/2019

Novel Novice

Guest Post

9/6/2019

Fyrekatz

Blog

Review

Week Four:

9/9/2019

Nicole’s Novel Reads

Review

9/10/2019

Marshmallow Pudding

Review

9/11/2019

Nerdophiles

Review

9/12/2019

PopTheButterfly

Reads

Review

9/13/2019

two points of interest

Review

 CHAPTER ONE  

Myths, my abuela used to say, are truths long forgotten by the world.

Which is probably why she collected them the way some people collect stamps. Or mugs with pictures of kittens on them. She gathered tales of enormous, horned, snakelike sea creatures, of two-headed vampire dogs with glowing red eyes, of terrifying man-eating ghouls that stalk the night, searching for naughty children to kidnap.

The myths came from all over the Spanish-speaking world. From Madrid to Quito. Mexico City to Buenos Aires. Most of them were hundreds of years old, almost as old as the cultures that had inspired them. Some had spread quickly around the globe, spread like wildfire. Others never even left the tiny rural towns where they’d first been told.

All her life my grandma had been obsessed with Hispanic mythology, with all the legends and stories and folklore, and had spent years teaching them to me.

When I was little we used to hang out in the kitchen on lazy Saturday afternoons, me in my Power Rangers

pj’s

and

chancletas

, my abuela telling her favorite tales from memory, making the epic battles and ghoulish monsters come to life with every gesture of her brown and wrinkled hands.

Afterward, she would quiz me on what I’d heard; we played this little game, sort of like Pictionary, where she’d draw a quick sketch of one of the characters, and I would have to guess who—or, in most cases, what—it was. If I got four in a row, she’d let me eat leche

condensada

right out of the can, which might’ve been the only thing I enjoyed more than listening to her stories.

At the time I thought it was all just for fun, a cool little game between the two of us. But I should’ve known better; my abuela hated party games.

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Facing The Torment by Alice J Black

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● Book Title: The Soul Seekers: Facing the Torment

● Publisher: The Parliament House (@theparliamenthousepress)

● Book synopsis:

It all boils down to this: Peyton has been hounded by Vic Reeves to return to the funeral parlour that used to be her home, years ago. It houses so many memories, nightmares, and spirits… but as Peyton comes to the understanding that she needs to face her fears—and her past—she is thrust into a darkness so impenetrable she fears she might never escape… Continue reading “Facing The Torment by Alice J Black”

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Someday We Will Fly by Rachel Dewoskin

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SYNOPSIS
 

Warsaw, Poland. The year is 1940 and Lillia is 15 when her mother, Alenka, disappears and her father flees with Lillia and her younger sister, Naomi, to Shanghai, one of the few places that will accept Jews without visas. There they struggle to make a life; they have no money, there is little work, no decent place to live, a culture that doesn’t understand them. And always the worry about Alenka. How will she find them? Is she still alive?

Meanwhile Lillia is growing up, trying to care for Naomi, whose development is frighteningly slow, in part from malnourishment. Lillia finds an outlet for her artistic talent by making puppets, remembering the happy days in Warsaw when they were circus performers. She attends school sporadically, makes friends with Wei, a Chinese boy, and finds work as a performer at a “gentlemen’s club” without her father’s knowledge.

But meanwhile the conflict grows more intense as the Americans declare war and the Japanese force the Americans in Shanghai into camps. More bombing, more death. Can they survive, caught in the crossfire?

Grade Level: 7 – 9
Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers (January 22, 2019)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0670014966
ISBN-13: 978-0670014965

Praise for SOMEDAY WE WILL FLY

★ “DeWoskin explores a rarely depicted topic. . .A beautifully nuanced exploration of culture and people.” ―Kirkus Reviews, starred review

★ “An unusual portrait of what war does to families in general and children in particular . . . affirms the human need for art and beauty in hard times.” ―Booklist, starred review

“A provocative exploration of what resilience means when you’re pushed to the edge.” ―BCCB

“With pathos and a fine eye for historical detail, DeWoskin (Blind) relates the story of Shanghai’s Jewish refugees during WWII, when Shanghai was under Japanese occupation. DeWoskin captures the crushing destruction of war and occupation, the unfathomable resilience communities can muster through cross-cultural friendships and acts of kindness, and the power of the performing arts to foster hope in times of struggle and desperation.” —Publishers Weekly

“A provocative exploration of what resilience means when you’re pushed to the edge.” —Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

DeWoskin vividly captures this fraught time of dislocation and turmoil, and deftly connects the anguish of Jewish refugees and the agony of the Japanese occupation, elevating this beautiful novel into a clarion call for peace. —The National Book Review

“Rachel DeWoskin’s storytelling features an extraordinary combination of curiosity and kindness, on top of a belief that everyone can have an impact on the world they find themselves in. Someday We Will Fly is powerful, adventurous story of a teenager who confronts the brutal history with courage, love, and imagination. I could not put it down.” —Aleksandar Hemon, author of Nowhere Man and The Lazarus Project 


“An engrossing and beautifully-rendered plunge into less-known Holocaust history, featuring the plight of Jewish World War II refugees in Japanese-occupied Shanghai.” —Julie Berry, Printz Honor-winning author of The Passion of Dolssa“Though I have written extensively about the Holocaust in novels, a picture book, poems, I had never before heard of the 23,000 Jews who fled to Shanghai for the duration of the war. Starvation, rough treatment by occupying Japanese troops, the teenagers turning to all kinds of difficult work (including gentlemen’s clubs as dancers and prostitution) to make money for their devastated families. Rampant disease, and early deaths were their daily lot. In Someday We Will Fly Rachel DeWoskin has taken the horrors and turned them into a YA novel that is terrifically moving and full of a kind of poetry in motion that is both terrifying and uplifting in equal measure.” —Jane Yolen, author of Mapping the Bones, The Stone Angel, Devil’s Arithmetic, Briar RoseFleeing Poland 1941, Lillia and her circus preforming family become split: her mother is left behind while the family travels to the last city that will take Jewish refugees: Shanghai. This unique view into a forgotten part of history is told with candid, yet lovely prose. While some aspects of the story are embellished, the book holds true to history. A great companion to Salt to the Sea. —Readers Books “Someday We Will Fly is an intense and immersive novel.” —TeenReadsOTHER HONORS
● Junior Library Guild selection
● Kirkus “Historical Fiction Gems” selection (January 2019)
● Bookish January 2019 Book Club Pick

Warsaw, Poland. The year is 1940 and Lillia is 15 when her mother, Alenka, disappears and her father flees with Lillia and her younger sister, Naomi, to Shanghai, one of the few places that will accept Jews without visas. There they struggle to make a life; they have no money, there is little work, no decent place to live, a culture that doesn’t understand them. And always the worry about Alenka. How will she find them? Is she still alive?

Meanwhile Lillia is growing up, trying to care for Naomi, whose development is frighteningly slow, in part from malnourishment. Lillia finds an outlet for her artistic talent by making puppets, remembering the happy days in Warsaw when they were circus performers. She attends school sporadically, makes friends with Wei, a Chinese boy, and finds work as a performer at a “gentlemen’s club” without her father’s knowledge.

But meanwhile the conflict grows more intense as the Americans declare war and the Japanese force the Americans in Shanghai into camps. More bombing, more death. Can they survive, caught in the crossfire?

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Rachel DeWoskin has spent much of her life in China, including childhood summers with her parents and brothers, excavating ancient Chinese musical and medical instruments for her dad’s research. Rachel lived in Bejing for most of her twenties, where she became the unlikely star of a Chinese soap opera called Foreign Babes in Bejing. She spent the last six summers in Shanghai, where she researched and wrote Someday We Will Fly.

Rachel lives in Chicago with her husband, playwright Zayd Dohrn, and their two daughters. She is on the fiction faculty of the University of Chicago and is an affiliated faculty member in Jewish studies and East Asian Studies.

        
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Blog Tour: No Place Like Here by Christina June

No Place Like Here By Christina June Publisher: BLINK

Release date: May 21,2019

Genre:Young Adult,Contemporary,Retelling

Synopsis: Ashlyn Zanotti has big plans for the summer. She’s just spent a year at boarding school and can’t wait to get home. But when Ashlyn’s father is arrested for tax evasion and her mother enters a re-hab facility for “exhaustion,” a.k.a. depression, her life is turned upside down. The cherry on top? Ashlyn’s father sends her to work with a cousin she doesn’t even know at a rus-tic team-building retreat center in the middle of nowhere. A self-proclaimed “indoor girl,” not even Ash’s habit of leaving breadcrumb quotes—inspirational sayings she scribbles everywhere—can help her cope. With a dangerously careless camp manager doling out grunt work, an overbearing father trying to control her even from prison, and more than a little boy drama to struggle with, the summer is full of challenges. And Ashlyn must make the toughest decision of her life: keep quiet and follow her dad’s marching orders, or find the courage to finally stand up to her father to have any hope of finding her way back home.

BOOK LINKS Goodreads:https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/37856233-no-place-like-hereAmazon:https://amzn.to/2LHHUnKBarnes&Noble:https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/no-place-like-here-christina-june/1128931453?ean=9780310766926#/BookDepository:https://www.bookdepository.com/No-Place-Like-Here-Christina-June/9780310766926?ref=grid-view&qid=1557882248351&sr=1-1IndieBound:https://www.indiebound.org/search/book?keys=No+Place+Like+HereTOURSCHEDULEhttp://fantasticflyingbookclub.blogspot.com/2019/05/tour-schedule-no-place-like-here-by.html

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Christina June writes young adult contemporary fiction when she’s not writing college recommenda-tion letters during her day job as a school counselor. She loves the little moments in life that helpsomeone discover who they’re meant to become–whether it’s her students or her characters.Christina is a voracious reader, loves to travel, and hopes to one day be bicoastal–the east coastof the US and the east coast of Scotland. She lives just outside Washington DC with her husbandand daughter.

She is the author of IT STARTED WITH GOODBYE, EVERYWHERE YOU WANT TO BE, and the forthcoming NO PLACE LIKE HERE. Website:https://christinajune.com/

Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/christinajuneya/

Goodreads:https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13987227.Christina_June

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Twitter:https://twitter.com/christinajuneya/GIGIVEAWAY Prize : 5 Finished copies of No Place Like Here + book poster (USA only) Starts : 5/27/19 Ends : 6/7/19  a Rafflecopter giveaway

Spoiler Review: First of all…I absolutely loved the dedication. I’ve heard of Miss June’s other books and this one definitely has me itching to read the. As one of the quiet girls the protagonist Ashlyn resonated deeply with me and I’m so glad to have found a character like her. The supporting characters aka Tatum & Hannah felt real and I loved their supportive friendships with Ashlyn. I don’t know about Baxter, as a friend he’s the best but I felt like his romance was unnecessary. The pacing was in between fast and slow, I despise unnecessary kissing scenes so that might have made the book lag a bit for me. I feel like the book ended at a good point and I loved the prison visit scene at the end, although I would have liked to see some kind of “I’ll get revenge on thee!” scene from Deb hahaha! Final thoughts: I really liked this book. The cover is gorgeous and the story was great, I’d definitely reccomend it for a quick summer read.

Rating: 4 Stars

(Minimal profanity and smoochies)

Reccomendation: ages 14 and up

FTC DISCLAIMER: I received this book in exchange for an honest review

Favorite Quotes

1. For the quiet girls

2. “You’re not broken, Ash. And your family isn’t broken. Maybe in need of a little duct tape,” she said with a low chuckle, poking me in the ribs, “but not broken.”

3. “I thought I’d feel lighter, physically and emotionally, with all that weight gone, but I felt the same. Still angry. Still lost.”

4. “If my life was going to hell in a hand basket, I’d look cute on the journey.”

5. “I was a good liar. I should be. I’d had enough practice telling my dad what he wanted to hear.”

6. “If I rewound through the movie of my life up to this point, it was pretty easy to see that I wasn’t a fighter. I always knew this about myself and I always hated it, but it was so much easier to keep my mouth shut when something bothered me.”

7. “It’s hard. Knowing exactly what you are and hating it.”

8. “Deb’s gingerbread house was still displayed in the competition kitchen, the icing chipped off and broken in many places now. It was a fitting end for the fake house that Deb had built.”