cover image Race to the Sun

Race to the Sun

Rebecca Roanhorse. Disney-Hyperion/Riordan, $16.99 (320p) ISBN 978-1-368-02466-2

In this fantasy inspired by Navajo legends, two siblings discover they’re the latest incarnations of the famed Hero Twins, just in time to combat a devious monster who plans to unleash his brethren upon the world. In Albuquerque, N.M., 12-year-old Nizhoni Begay can detect monsters disguised as regular people. And no one heeds her warnings, even when one monster—her father’s new boss, Mr. Charles, an oil executive at a company that “people are protesting for putting in that pipeline”—shows interest in her Navajo heritage. After Mr. Charles kidnaps her father, Nizhoni, along with her younger brother Marcus and her best friend Davery, journey across the American Southwest and into a spiritual realm to obtain the weapons needed to defeat Mr. Charles’s army of monsters. But for Nizhoni to follow in her long-vanished mother’s footsteps as a monster slayer, she must survive a grueling series of challenges. Roanhorse (the Sixth World series for adults), who is Ohkay Owingeh and African-American, draws on her husband’s heritage to reimagine Navajo stories and characters, delivering a fast-paced, exciting adventure. While the antagonists could stand further development, Nizhoni’s blend of snark, confidence, and humor proves as multifaceted as the satisfying tale’s focus on friendship, family, and cultural legacy. [em]Ages 8–12. Agent: Sara Megibow, KT Literary. (Jan.) [/em]