The Lightning Queen

The Lightning Queen

Book - 2015/11
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A stunningly rendered mystical novel that blends cultures, magic, and possibilities.

Nothing exciting happens on the Hill of Dust, in the remote mountains of Mexico in the 1950s. There's no electricity, no plumbing, no cars, just day after day of pasturing goats. And now, without his sister and mother, eleven-year-old Teo's life feels even more barren. And then one day, the mysterious young Esma, who calls herself the Gypsy Queen of Lightning, rolls into town like a fresh burst of color. Against all odds, her caravan's Mistress of Destiny predicts that Teo and Esma will be longtime friends. Suddenly, life brims with possibility. With the help of a rescued duck, a three-legged skunk, a blind goat, and other unexpected allies, Teo and Esma must overcome obstacles-even death-to fulfill their impossible destiny. Inspired by true stories derived from rural Mexico, The Lightning Queen offers a glimpse of the encounter between two fascinating but marginalized cultures--the Rom and the Mixtec Indians--while telling the heart-warming story of an unlikely friendship.

Publisher: Scholastic Canada 2015/11
ISBN: 9780545800846
Branch Call Number: ON ORDER


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JCLJoshN Jan 30, 2017

What a wonderful story this is! A story of the magical transformative power of compassion, friendship, and love. A poetic, musical story that dances through time and space, charged with a lightning love of people and language. By the end, I was firmly convinced that nothing is impossible.

A special bond is forged between a boy and girl from very different cultures. Uplifting addition to diversity literature for children.

May 12, 2016

I'm an adult, this book is designed for juvenile readers. So no surprise I found it very juvenile, perhaps a nine year old girl might enjoy it. I was interested because I've visited the Mixteca several times. The author claims to have lived in San Agustin Atenango, Oaxaca, which inspired this story. She also mentioned coloured sawdust mosaics.

mvkramer Feb 21, 2016

This was a case of "right book, wrong reader." While I can't deny Laura Resau's facility with the craft of writing - the language in this book is gorgeous - I just couldn't get into it. Too twee, maybe.

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