Our shadows have claws 15 Latin American monster stories

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"Fifteen original short stories from YA superstars featuring the monsters of Latine myths and legends"--

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Young Adult New Shelf YOUNG ADULT FICTION/Our (NEW SHELF) Due Oct 15, 2022
Monster fiction
Short stories
Mythological fiction
Chapel Hill, North Carolina : Algonquin 2022.
First edition
Physical Description
352 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Ages 14 and up.
Grades 10-12.
Other Authors
Yamile Saied Méndez (editor), Amparo Ortiz (author), Chantel Acevedo, Jenny Torres Sanchez, Alexandra Villasante, Maika Moulite, Maritza Moulite, Ann Dávila Cardinal, Ari Tison, M. García Peña, Gabriela Martins, Racquel Marie, Claribel A. Ortega, Lilliam Rivera, Julia Alvarez, Courtney Alameda
  • The nightingale and the lark /
  • by Chantel Acevedo
  • ¿Dónde Está duende? /
  • by Jenny Torres Sanchez
  • Beware the empty subway car /
  • by Maike Moulite and Maritz Moulite
  • Dimembered /
  • by Ann Dávila Cardinal
  • Blood kin /
  • by Ari Tison
  • La boca del lobo /
  • M. García Peña
  • Bloodstained hands like yours /
  • by Gabriela Martins
  • The boy from hell /
  • by Amparo Ortiz
  • La patasola /
  • by Racquel Marie
  • The other side of the mountains /
  • by Claribel A. Ortega
  • La madrina /
  • by Yamile Saied Méndez
  • Sugary deaths /
  • by Lilliam Rivers
  • Leave no tracks /
  • by Julia Alvarez
  • The hour of the wolf /
  • Courtney Alameda.
Review by Booklist Reviews

Immersive and eerie, the 15 stories in this anthology draw upon the mythologies and folklore of different Latin American cultures—especially their creatures and monsters. El duende ("a strange little green elf"), el viejo de la bolsa (a child-eater), a murderous being named Corpo-seco, and los fríos (Puerto Rican vampires) are a few of the threats that readers will face. Threads of horror run through most of the stories, but they also contain magic and relatable themes and experiences. Readers will find celebrations of inner strength, the discovery of unique powers, and all-encompassing first love. Romeo and Juliet gets a monstrous makeover in Chantel Acevedo's "The Nightingale and the Lark," in which a monster-hunter searching for cagüeiros (shape-shifters) is caught between love and duty. And car-crash victims walk the cursed road that took their lives in "Dismembered," by Ana Dávila Cardinal. Edited by Méndez (Furia, 2020) and Ortiz (Blazewrath Games, 2020)—with contributions from Jenny Torres Sanchez, Lilliam Rivera, Julia Alvarez, and others—this anthology will both haunt readers and stir their blood. Grades 9-12. Copyright 2022 Booklist Reviews.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 9 Up—This YA horror collection offers revenge, justice, and cautionary advice through the vehicle of brujas, vampires, forest creatures, Haitian shape-shifters, Dominican ciguapas, to name a few; and other unnamed things that can suck one's soul. Save some space before bedtime to read "Sugary Deaths" or "La Patasola," both excellent revenge narratives that offer justice to young girls wronged by boys who revel in the banality of evil. Readers who like their horror to overlap with environmental justice should read "Blood Kin," a tale that provides the Indigenous of Costa Rica with a much-needed win. Sometimes it is the "monsters" that heroically protect the innocent. "Leave No Tracks" also explores the blighting effect humans leave on nature, but ciguapas, while beautiful, will defend land and water without apology. For fans of Shakespeare, this horror collection has star-crossed protagonists from feuding families, one family defending the creatures of the world and the other family wiping them out—until passion consumes a cagüeiro and a daughter of his enemy. In this collection, myths inform culture, blood and sacrifice create heroes, and the villains get bloody justice. These short tales set in the mogotes of Cuba; the deserts of New Mexico; Puerto Rico; Fremont, CA; Montevideo; the Dominican Republic; the Bronx; or enchanted mountains offer thrilling chills for the fans of horror and fantasy. VERDICT For the genrefied library, buy copies for both the horror and fantasy sections.—Stephanie Creamer Copyright 2022 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

"Fifteen original short stories from YA superstars featuring the monsters of Latine myths and legends"--

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Fifteen original short stories from YA superstars, featuring Latine mythology’s most memorable monsters From zombies to cannibals to death incarnate, this cross-genre anthology offers something for every monster lover. In Our Shadows Have Claws, bloodthirsty vampires are hunted by a quick-witted slayer; children are stolen from their beds by “el viejo de la bolsa” while a military dictatorship steals their parents; and anyone you love, absolutely anyone, might be a shapeshifter waiting to hunt.   The worlds of these stories are dark but also magical ones, where a ghost-witch can make your cheating boyfriend pay, bullies are brought to their knees by vicious wolf-gods, a jar of fireflies can protect you from the reality-warping magic of a bruja—and maybe you’ll even live long enough to tell the tale. Set across Latin America and its diaspora, this collection offers bold, imaginative stories of oppression, grief, sisterhood, first love, and empowerment.   Full contributor list: Chantel Acevedo, Courtney Alameda, Julia Alvarez, Ann Dávila Cardinal, M. García Peña, Racquel Marie, Gabriela Martins, Yamile Saied Méndez, Maika Moulite and Maritza Moulite, Claribel A. Ortega, Amparo Ortiz, Lilliam Rivera, Jenny Torres Sanchez, Ari Tison, and Alexandra Villasante.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

An anthology of short stories in a range of genres from horror to romance and more featuring monsters from Latine mythology and authors from across the Latin American diaspora, including Yamile Saied Méndez, Amparo Ortiz, Maritza and Maika Moulite, Lilliam Rivera, and literary superstar Julia Alvarez.