Charlie Hernández & the League of Shadows ~ Book Review @SMGurusNetwork #SPRING19
My boys and I love stories of legends, myth, and folklore. Keep reading to see what we thought of Charlie Hernández & the League of Shadows.
Charlie Hernández & the League of Shadows ~ Book Review
I have always been a fan of tales of folklore, myths and legends. Especially if they had to do with Hispanic culture. I have shared a few of these stories with my boys. Because most of these stories are not geared toward children they can be scary, so I have had to tweak them a bit. That’s why when I heard about Charlie Hernández & the League of Shadows I couldn’t wait to see what they thought.
Charlie Hernández & the League of Shadows is a story that is geared for ages 10 – 14. Which makes it perfect for my two older boys. When it first arrived they were so excited they had to do Rock, Paper, Scissor to see who would read it first. Diego won two out of three so he went first.
After both had read the book I asked them what they thought of it and both absolutely loved it. I of course already had an idea they did since they couldn’t put it down. They both want to know when the next book will come out as they both want to read more of Charlie’s adventures. I also read this book and found it to be a great read. Definitely for the audience it’s geared for but it definitely kept me turning the pages to see what would come next. I don’t think I have been as entertained by a book of this type since I first read Harry Potter. This is definitely a book that we recommend.
You can find Charlie Hernández & the League of Shadows on Amazon.
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 the Iberian 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.
About the Author
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.