Life and Death by Selenia Paz
When Natalia’s younger brother disappears while on a visit to Mexico, Natalia is certain that La Llorona, the mythical Weeping Woman, has taken him. Her friend Miguel agrees to accompany her back to Mexico in the hopes that it will help him deal with the recent death of his grandfather. But as they embark on a journey to search for the creature that has taken Natalia’s brother, it becomes apparent that the spirits Miguel had brushed aside as mere legend are very real… and they have a dark connection to his family.
★ From an award-winning author (Lee & Low Publishing New Voices Honor Winner, 2012)
“Paz crafts a fantasy adventure…imbued with a mystery that should keep people reading.” – Booklist
“A steady pace and pleasantly unexpected characterization of demons and specters will pull readers along with interest.” – School Library Journal
“Paz has created a wonderful young adult book. While Life and Death is itself an enthralling fantastical mystery, it also explores the complexities of grief and loss, while simultaneously educating readers on Latin American folklore.” – BookLife and Publishers Weekly
“Paz does a great job providing space for readers to create emotional ties to the characters—each character, even the ones who aren’t human, has their own backstory that is rich and moving. A fun, exciting, entertaining and touching story.” – LatinxReads