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Paola Santiago and the River of Tears

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I'll never say no to a Riordan Presents book crossing my desk, and this is exactly what I was hoping it would be. An adventure with an amazing payoff and a great protagonist, this one had me on the edge of my seat from moment one. I loved Paola and her friends, and even though there was such a great ending, I'm even happier to hear that there's going to be more adventures with them. 

Paola is a protagonist so grounded in reality, and I love it. Her friends are her power, and that's always one of the best tropes for me. Dante is an awesome contrast, there's something that works about their friendship in a way that keeps the adventure light. Having the protagonist be the chronic overthinker, the one who wants to keep her friends safe no matter what, while also having to deal with the one with the hero complex is such a change from a lot of kids media, and I'm so here for it. Naomi and Marisa provide such a good contrast, being the experienced ones who think they know what's going on, the characters are definitely this book's strong suit.

Not to say the plot falters because of it, I had so much fun and there were tense moments that had me hooked the entire way through. This is one I'm so happy to have gotten to read, and we need more.
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Tehlor Kay Mejia is becoming one of my favorite authors, so when I saw she was writing a middle grade fantasy, I couldn't wait. I have yet to be disappointed in a Rick Riordan Presents title and this book was no different. Paola (Pao) and her two best friends, Dante and Emma are forbidden to go near the Gila River due to the danger. While they often go near the river, they stay far from the water - people have disappeared, never to be found when they get too close to the river. When Emma disappears, the grown up dismiss what Pao saw by the river, so she decides to find Emma on her own. Reluctantly, Dante joins her and they discover that Pao's mother's mystical beliefs aren't so strange after all. This book is full of adventure and friendship - Pao is a strong lead and her friends/friendships are well rounded - as a reader I wanted to find out what happened to Emma, but also ached for Pao as she adjusts to the change in her friendship dynamic with Dante. I look forward to the future books in this series.
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Poala Santiago and the River of Tears is an exciting and adventurous retelling of the Latin American legend of La llorona, a ghost who haunts waterfronts mourning her children, whom she drowned. Poala is a heroine full of flaws and emotions that young adults will be able to relate to, and the underlying theme of loyalty and friendship make this a welcome addition to the growing genre of legend retellings.
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The perfect fantasy story surrounds La Llorona, a scare-your-pants-off creature that turns out to be--gulp!--real and part of Paola's very real hero's journey. More fantastic fare from Rick Riordan Presents.
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**CONTAINS SPOILERS** Thank you to NetGalley and Disney Publishing for a copy in exchange for an honest review!

WOW! I absolutely loved this, especially as someone who grew up hearing the legend of La Llorona. Even with it being meant for out of my age range, it was genuinely still enjoyable and kept me guessing about the Nino's and Ondina. Pao and Dante were adorable, and I loved the relationships and the world building in general with everyone. 

I only gave it 4 stars because I do wish that there had been a bit more resolve with Pao and her mother, and Pao and Nino's towards the end. I know with everything with Ondina and the ending they meant more so for that to be a resolution between Pao and her mother but I wish there had been more. There was one specific thing involving Dante's grandmother that felt out of nowhere, but genuinely has made me want to continue with the next book! 

Overall, this was really enjoyable and I cannot wait until I get my hands on the next book.
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Thanks to Netgalley and Rick Riordan presents / Disney for an early sneak peak at this middle grade novel! 

Having been raised in a Mexican household, I am absolutely no stranger to La Llarona. I was excited to see how a middle grade story would handle that. Aside from that, I've also read *almost* everything that Rick Riordan Presents has put out save for about 2 or 3 titles because it's a cause I am 100% committed to. Lifting up marginalized voices is so important to me, so I will always pick up a RRP book to see if I can use it in my classroom or at the very least buy a copy for the class library. 

With Paola Santiago I was a little let down, but I can't say for sure what it was for me. I appreciated the Spanish banter that took place between characters, mostly because I grew up hearing the same thing from my grandparents, so it was comforting to see in a middle grade novel too. Overall, I think I will still buy a copy for my class library but I likely won't continue with this particular series myself. If you enjoy a mildly spooky middle grade, this one is for you!
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I found this entry in the Rick Riordan Presents imprint hard to get into, but I think it ended strong and I'm excited to read the next series entry.
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This middle grade novel was the perfect blend of a spooky ghost tale with story of loyalty and friendship. I love recommending all of the "Rick Riordan Presents" series at our library because I know they are all wonderful stories featuring diverse characters.
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I wasn't sure I was going to enjoy this one but I really enjoyed Paola Santiago and the River of Tears. I will be adding this to my classroom library and encouraging my students to read the series. Thank you to Net Galley and the publisher for a copy of this book in exchange for my opinions.
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Paola is definitely a science kid, but when strange things happen by the river, she'll need to tap into other senses to save her friends. This adventure takes from Mexican folklore to create something wholly new, a series starter about a group of friends whose bonds will see them through harrowing times. Recommended.
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I don't typically read middle grade, but I requested this on a whim after really liking the synopsis. With confidence I can say that I really enjoyed Paola Santiago, and I will most definitely recommend my younger sister to read it (who's in the age group of the target audience.) 
The shining star of this book was Pao and how nerdy and headstrong she is! She's aware of her faults and is constantly trying to become a better person. Her character was such a delight and I found myself smiling a lot at her snarky quips. The side characters were all rounded out nicely, and I enjoyed reading about all of them as well! Each of them had very clear intentions and motivations, and how they sought to achieve them was interesting to read about. All their actions made complete sense, and  wasn't marvelling in confusion like I am a lot with middle grade. 
The Latin American mythology was also so interesting to read! I really appreciated what this story brought to the legend of La Llorona and how Mejia makes a character out of this legend. I would definitely pick up the sequel!
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I love the folktale of La Llorona, so i was very eager to pick this one up! Paola is a very likeable main character, especially with her love of outer space! My favorite aspect of this was definitely how dark it got at times, which overall made it more enjoyable for me personally!
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Great story, I loved learning more about the legends in the story. The characters were well developed and the world building was extensive. I will be reading the sequel and sharing this book with my customers!
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honestly, the more i read rick riordan presents the more they all just feel like the same characters with different names. i honestly found the characters to be bland and boring and that Paola treated her friends like shit, which honestly sucked so much. i might reread this in the future when i'm not in a slump and maybe i'll like it more but who knows.
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These are some feisty and brave kids. I don't think I could do what Paola does even at my age. Wonderful story-telling.
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Very well-written with fully-developed characters and themes. I look forward to adding this title to our media center collection.
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A beautifully written MG story with themes of family, love, forgiveness, and adventure! The spunky main character was adorable. There were some themes that may be a little heavy on younger readers though.
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I knew this book was going to be great when I requested it, and I was right. Paola Santiago and the River of Tears is about a young girl named Paola and the journey she takes when one of her best friends goes missing. I really love Paola as a character, she is fiercely loyal to her friends and I think that is so amazing. The story is fast paced and super intriguing, I was so interested to discover all of the new monsters along with Paola. I will definitely be continuing with the series and I can't wait to see what adventures Paola gets herself into next.
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Another great mythology book filled with stories of the past and the hope for the next generation of writers! I love entire thing!!! I felt as if I were living inside the story!!!!
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Another Riordan Presents title to enter the running for awesome folklore/,mythology told by #ownvoices authors This story will appeal to fans of Percy Jackson and Aru Shah for sure!
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