Charlie Hernández & the castle of bones

Ryan Calejo

Book - 2019

"When Queen Joanna is kidnapped Charlie and Violet set out across South America to find her and discover a conspiracy to raise the dead"--

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Series
Calejo, Ryan. Charlie Hernández ; 2.
Subjects
Genres
Fantasy fiction
Novels
Published
New York : Aladdin, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing Division 2019.
Edition
First Aladdin hardcover edition
Language
English
Item Description
Series information from www.goodreads.com.
Sequel to: Charlie Hernández & the league of shadows.
Physical Description
591 pages ; 22 cm
Audience
Ages 10-14.
ISBN
9781534426610
1534426612
9781534426627
1534426620
Main Author
Ryan Calejo (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

After saving his parents from the legendary bruja La Cuca, Charlie is just settling into his new life with the League of Shadows when Queen Joanna, their leader, is kidnapped. He and his friend Violet embark on a quest to rescue Joanna, and their pursuit takes them through Brazil, Argentina, and Chile up to El Salvador and Mexico. As they piece together clues involving mysterious castles of bones and a centuries-old necromancer, Charlie and Violet encounter various creatures from Hispanic myths, including a lobisomem (Brazilian werewolf), an alicanto bird, and okpe ogres, some of whom help, while others try to stop the children at all costs. But when they reach their final destination and uncover an ancient secret, Charlie learns that those he thought were friends may in fact be enemies. Through brief, fast-paced chapters, this ongoing adventure introduces more vibrant culture and legends, all while developing Charlie, Violet, and the other members of La Liga. Middle-grade readers will enjoy this second installment of the Charlie Hernández series with its adventure, memorable characters, and heartbreak. Grades 5-8. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 4–8—Floridian and animal mage Charlie Hernández is back for adventures across Latin America with his friend Violet. In this second installment, Charlie's friend Joanna, the witch queen of Toledo, has been kidnapped, and Charlie and Violet follow clues in South and Central American countries to find her. The entire catalogue of mythological creatures chase them including Brazilian lobisomem (werewolves) and the mischievous red-capped Saci Pererê, who ends up an unwilling ally on their quest. Most disturbing to Charlie are the castells, or towers of bones, that crop up, indications that an undead necromancer may seek to raise the dead and enslave the living. A dramatic battle ends this episode on a cliff-hanger. It's never boring around Charlie. He encounters one enemy after another. Despite being the chosen morphling, Charlie stays grounded in friendship and morality, as does his super-smart friend Violet. Spanish is peppered throughout the book with subtle or direct translations, adding to Calejo's rich cultural adventure. Calejo's phrasing takes getting used to, as his longer sentences use numerous dependent phrases. He hits his rhythm as the action heats up, and readers will become more engaged. The adventures do seem to follow patterns—Charlie loses consciousness so often that it feels like a plot device. VERDICT A highly recommended adventure series, though readers should be familiar with the first book before picking up this latest installment.—Caitlin Augusta, Stratford Library Association, CT Copyright 2019 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

"When Queen Joanna is kidnapped Charlie and Violet set out across South America to find her and discover a conspiracy to raise the dead"--

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Inspired by Hispanic folklore, a sequel to Charlie Hernández & the League of Shadows finds demon-slaying Charlie struggling to master his morphling abilities before the Witch Queen is kidnapped into the world of the living dead. 50,000 first printing. Simultaneous eBook.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

'Well worth it for ravenous fans of quest stories.' 'Kirkus Reviews'A highly recommended adventure series' 'School Library JournalInspired by Hispanic folklore, legends, and myths from the Iberian Peninsula and Central and South America, this bold sequel to Charlie Hernández & the League of Shadows, which Booklist called 'a perfect pick for kids who love Rick Riordan' in a starred review, follows Charlie as he continues on his quest to embrace his morphling identity. Charlie Hernandez still likes to think of himself as a normal kid. But what's normal about being a demon-slaying preteen with an encyclopedic knowledge of Latino mythology who can partially manifest nearly any animal trait found in nature? Well, not much. But, Charlie believes he can get used to this new 'normal," because being able to sprout wings or morph fins is pretty cool.But there is a downside: it means having to constantly watch his back for La Mano Peluda's sinister schemes. And when the leader of La Liga, the Witch Queen Jo herself, is suddenly kidnapped, Charlie's sure they're at it again.Determined to save the queen and keep La Liga's alliances intact, Charlie and his good friend Violet Rey embark on a perilous journey to track down her captors. As Charlie and Violet are drawn deeper into a world of monstruos and magia they are soon left with more questions than answers'like, why do they keep hearing rumors of dead men walking, and why is Charlie suddenly having visions of an ancient evil: a necromancer priest who's been dead for more than five centuries?Charlie's abuela once told him that when dead men walk, the living run in fear. And Charlie's about to learn the truth of that'the hard way.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

“Well worth it for ravenous fans of quest stories.” —Kirkus Reviews“A highly recommended adventure series” —School Library JournalInspired by Hispanic folklore, legends, and myths from the Iberian Peninsula and Central and South America, this bold sequel to Charlie Hernández & the League of Shadows, which Booklist called “a perfect pick for kids who love Rick Riordan” in a starred review, follows Charlie as he continues on his quest to embrace his morphling identity. Charlie Hernandez still likes to think of himself as a normal kid. But what’s normal about being a demon-slaying preteen with an encyclopedic knowledge of Latino mythology who can partially manifest nearly any animal trait found in nature? Well, not much. But, Charlie believes he can get used to this new “normal,” because being able to sprout wings or morph fins is pretty cool.But there is a downside: it means having to constantly watch his back for La Mano Peluda’s sinister schemes. And when the leader of La Liga, the Witch Queen Jo herself, is suddenly kidnapped, Charlie’s sure they’re at it again.Determined to save the queen and keep La Liga’s alliances intact, Charlie and his good friend Violet Rey embark on a perilous journey to track down her captors. As Charlie and Violet are drawn deeper into a world of monstruos and magia they are soon left with more questions than answers—like, why do they keep hearing rumors of dead men walking, and why is Charlie suddenly having visions of an ancient evil: a necromancer priest who’s been dead for more than five centuries?Charlie’s abuela once told him that when dead men walk, the living run in fear. And Charlie’s about to learn the truth of that—the hard way.