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|Donkey Lady fights La Llorona and other stories = La senora Asno se enfrenta a La Llorona y otros cuentos|
Author: Garza, Xavier
Margarito is old enough now and way past believing in Grandpa Ventura's ghost stories, but he loves listening to them anyway. One evening on his way home from his grandfather's, Margarito finds himself alone being approached by a woman in white floating towards him, he frantically hides in the shallow river where he sees a pair of yellow glowing eyes coming towards him. Before long, the Donkey Lady and La Llorona are fighting to claim poor Margarito as their next victim! In English and Spanish.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 4.00
Points: 2.0 Quiz: 186350
School Library Journal (00/11/15)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 11/01/2015 Gr 4–6—In this collection of short stories, Garza writes with a style attuned to the rich oral traditions of Mexican folklore. The settings will be familiar to urban teens and reflect the societal issues prevalent in North and South America today. Garza attempts to develop plot lines through a series of eerie encounters. This is most satisfactorily achieved in two out of the 12 short stories, "Grandpa Tito's Book" and "Tunnels." In these two tales, the author thrusts underdogs into a position of heroism despite the characters' disability and/or socioeconomic standing. The protagonists ultimately slay the ghostly figures and save family and friends from their terrifying foes. These two stories will resonate with many hi-lo readers in the middle school age group. The endings of the other 10 stories are somewhat anticlimactic and may prevent some readers from finishing the book. VERDICT A supplemental purchase for schools that have a high population of bilingual students with an interest in hi-lo titles.—Melissa Martinez, Pantoja Charter School, PA - Copyright 2015 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.