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Young Adult Literature Circles: Mananaland

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Book Summary

Goodreads Summary:

Maximiliano Córdoba loves stories, especially the legend Buelo tells him about a mythical gatekeeper who can guide brave travelers on a journey into tomorrow.

If Max could see tomorrow, he would know if he'd make Santa Maria's celebrated fútbol team and whether he'd ever meet his mother, who disappeared when he was a baby. He longs to know more about her, but Papá won't talk. So when Max uncovers a buried family secret--involving an underground network of guardians who lead people fleeing a neighboring country to safety--he decides to seek answers on his own.

With a treasured compass, a mysterious stone rubbing, and Buelo's legend as his only guides, he sets out on a perilous quest to discover if he is true of heart and what the future holds.

Author Bio

Pam Muñoz Ryan has written over forty books for young people—picture books, early readers, and middle grade and young adult novels. When she finished her graduate program, Muñoz Ryan became interested in writing, and at the encouragement of her agent, Kendra Marcus, included her family name, Muñoz, to her signature, to reflect her Mexican heritage. Today she writes full time and lives with her husband just north of San Diego.

Other books by Pam Muñoz Ryan:

  • Echo
  • Esperanza Rising
  • The Dreamer
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