Charlie Hernández and the League of Shadows by Ryan Calejo

Charlie Hernández and the League of Shadows

The Lightning Thief meets the Story Thieves series in this middle grade fantasy inspired by Hispanic folklore, legends, and myths from the Iberian Peninsula and Central and South America.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 la...

Details Charlie Hernández and the League of Shadows

TitleCharlie Hernández and the League of Shadows
Release DateOct 23rd, 2018
GenreChildrens, Middle Grade, Fantasy, Mythology, Urban Fantasy

Reviews Charlie Hernández and the League of Shadows

  • Lynn
    This is a debut novel and I am so impressed with the skill and craftsmanship of this first book! Fast-paced and full of adventure and fun, Calejo takes tried and true story tropes and plays with them so entertainingly. Charlie and Violet and terrific characters and Charlie's self-deprecating humorous voice pulled me in right from the first page.I'm sorry to say that I knew very little of Central, South and Iberian myths and legends and one of the...
  • LitPick Student Book Reviews
    In the book Charlie Hernández & the League of Shadows, a boy named Charlie Hernández suddenly finds that his parents have gone missing, and the next day, he finds horns growing out of his head! When Charlie finds a map in the locket his mom left for him, he follows it into a world of demons and monsters from the Hispanic legends taught to him as a boy by his grandmother. Along with his newfound friend, Violet, Charlie tries to find out who he a...
  • Daniela
    This was the type of book that I needed when I was smaller and had no Hispanic/Latino characters in books. I was always looking for a book with characters that I could culturally relate to and had stories that I was familiar with, and now, I finally have it. This book was a wonderful blend of all of the stories and mythologies that I had heard from my own grandmother brought to life for me in an entirely new way. To say that I loved this book, wi...
  • Lauren
    This book is so much fun! It’s an adventure from beginning to end. Mythology, magic, & an unlikely mystery-solving duo.
  • Angela
    This book is just chock full of figures from Hispanic mythology and I think middle school readers are going to love its humor and sense of exploration and adventure. Can’t wait to booktalk this one!
  • Amy Bartelloni
    I picked this up at book expo and I haven’t gotten around to it yet, but my 9 year old son loved it! Full review to come when I read :)
  • Glendys Sanchez
    Absolutely loved this book. A winner! This book is perfect for middle school readers.
  • Nena Hernandez
    My daughter loved the book. She said it was fun, fun, fun! I recommended highly.
  • Darla
    Look out, Percy Jackson. You have some fierce competition in Charlie Hernandez. This middle grade novel begins with a 12-year-old boy whose parents have disappeared, his house has burned down and he has grown two horns. When the horns disappear, feathers appear -- while he is in class. And so begins Charlie's quest to discover what is happening to him and how it relates to the disappearance of his parents. Along the way he teams up with classmate...
  • Rendz
    It's a good 4! Maybe like a 3.85(ish) *OMG I am so complicated...*Full RTC!
  • Katerina Kondrenko
    4 out of 10 It's a children book written in an adult manner with a bunch of unnecessary stylization. Weird combination. Fantasy meets science, mythos meets reality, fast pacing meets weak intrigue. Not my cup of tea. But! I like the cultural side of this book.
  • Jenni Frencham
    Calejo, Ryan. Charlie Hernandez and the League of Shadows. Aladdin, 2018.Charlie loves studying the mythology of his Latin American culture. He knows all the stories about all the different monsters and gods from all the countries in Central and South America. But when Charlie is teleported into the very mythological world he loves so much, he will have to keep his wits about him in order to save his family and the rest of the world.This book is ...
  • Jocelyn
    2.5 starsRTC, but main reasons for low-ish rating: consistent use of ableist language and odd use of colonizer as a "good guy"
  • Hilary Scroggie
    This was very delightful. I too would dress my best to meet a Witch Queen even if I was riding my bike there.
  • Adriana
    Solid children's adventure story with fun elements taken from Hispanic myths and legends. I just wonder if non-bilingual readers will get as much enjoyment of all the random Spanish words and phrases sprinkled throughout.
  • Ms. Yingling
    E ARC from Edelweiss Plus
  • Nikki S
    I hate to say this, but if I hadn't read another book just recently I might have enjoyed this one more.... BUT I still did like this one and I think you all ahould read it too. Real review to come.