Space-obsessed 12-year-old Paola Santiago and her two best friends, Emma and Dante, know the rule: Stay away from the river. It’s all they’ve heard since a schoolmate of theirs drowned a year ago. Pao is embarrassed to admit that she has been told to stay away for even longer than that, because her mother is constantly warning her about La Llorona, the wailing ghost woman who wanders the banks of the Gila at night, looking for young people to drag into its murky depths.
Hating her mother’s humiliating superstitions and knowing that she and her friends would never venture into the water, Pao organizes a meet-up to test out her new telescope near the Gila, since it’s the best stargazing spot. But when Emma never arrives and Pao sees a shadowy figure in the reeds, it seems like maybe her mom was right. . . .
Pao has always relied on hard science to make sense of the world, but to find her friend she will have to enter the world of her nightmares, which includes unnatural mist, mind-bending monsters, and relentless spirits controlled by a terrifying force that defies both logic and legend.
Paola Santiago and the River of Tears was such a good read. I so do enjoy Rick Riordan Presents reads so much. It may be middle grade book, but I learn a lot from them. The books are quick and easy to read. Also the cover is spooky with the hand popping out of the water.
Paola never understood what her dreams means with the lady in the water. She never understands her mother fear of it. Then her best friend disappeared. Pao will follow her dreams and bring her back.
You get to learn a little bit of La Llorona story, the weeping woman. She end up drowning her kids and haunts the lake. Since this is a kids book, the story is not as scary as the horror movie verison and real life story. Just beware of water in the horror version of the story.
This was a fun read, full of laughs ago the way. So many Rick Riordan books I need to play catch up on soon.
Also look forward to my blog tour of book two coming soon.