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Race to the Sun de Rebecca Roanhorse
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Race to the Sun (edició 2020)

de Rebecca Roanhorse (Autor)

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Lately Nizhoni has been able to detect monsters, like Mr. Charles, her dad's new boss at the oil and gas company. He's also alarmingly interested in Nizhoni and her brother, Mac, their Navajo heritage, and the legend of the Hero Twins. Nizhoni knows he's a threat, but her father won't believe her. When Dad disappears the next day, leaving behind a message that says 'Run!', the siblings and Nizhoni's best friend, Davery, are thrust into a rescue mission that can only be accomplished with the help of Dine Holy People and their weapons. But it will take more than weapons for Nizhoni to become the hero she was destined to be...… (més)
Membre:sophiestreitwieser
Títol:Race to the Sun
Autors:Rebecca Roanhorse (Autor)
Informació:Rick Riordan Presents (2020), 320 pages
Col·leccions:Schoolbooks
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Etiquetes:fantasy

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Race to the Sun de Rebecca Roanhorse

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"The Diné have always been warriors, have always fought against the monsters who would seek to destroy us and our way of life".

I read this with We ❤ MG Lit book club and really enjoyed this one. It is important to note the criticism associated with the author's work and I recommend that you seek out Diné voices and research their culture outside of this book. I think the author the author's writing really spotlighted Diné culture and was respectful but I am not the audience to decide this. It did leave me wondering if it is ever ok to modernize sacred cultures and how much is ok to change to still remain authentic and honorable to the culture.

The first half of the story was so captivating that I breezed right through it and I contemplated if I should stay up all night. I loved Nizhoni who was not afraid to voice her opinions and take charge. I liked that the author used a character that was representative of her bi-racial/cultural identity who did not let anything stop him. The plot developed very quickly and it was easy to get swept up in the story. I wish the author would have included the side quests that were an important part of the mission, especially since Mac and Davery were so embedded in the story. I was a little disappointed that important events happened offline and took away some of the magic of the story. I would love to see a new adventure because I truly fell in love with the characters.

Overall, Race to the Sun was a great read and I am excited for more books in the future. The aspects I appreciated were:
🏹 Diné mythology and language
🏹 Biracial and Diné representation
🏹 Diné superheroes
🏹 Highlights fracking and ongoing environmental concerns on Indigenous lands
🏹 Well written and multifaceted characters that you easily fall in love with
🏹 Descriptive writing and glimpse into Navajo land
🏹 Clash of cultures, modern day colonization, honoring tradition
🏹 Single parent (Father) household
🏹 Reconciliation with family ( )
  Booklover217 | Dec 28, 2020 |
This is a fun way to learn about Navajo mythology and religious iconography. That said, everything ties up a bit too cleanly, but I think it's well-written for its intended audience of middle-grade readers and Percy Jackson fans. ( )
  DrFuriosa | Dec 4, 2020 |
Please tell me this book is getting a sequel. It does not need one at all, but I WANT ONE! Nizhoni is just another Native American girl who feels out of place in her white school. She just really wants to be someone; to be famous, or known for something. She has one special ability which would have people think she is crazy rather than special: she can see demons. The only one who knows about her ability is her little brother. That is until Mr. Charles, her dad’s boss shows up and steals away her dad. Mr. Charles needs Nizhoni and her brother, but they have no understanding of why. Then her stuffed toad comes to life and informs her of her heritage and the mission she must complete to save her father, and the world.

This story was so much fun. It was based on the Navajo myth of the Hero twins. It is well written, keeps you attention, and packs a lot of action and adventure into very few pages (a rarity these days for a middle grade book!). I am in love with this book and with this author and am actively seeking out more. I can not wait to share it with my nephews and all the kids I know. I wish more stories were based on Diné (Navajo) mythology.
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#MountTBR
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  LibrarianRyan | Aug 10, 2020 |
This was an enjoyable read, but I’ve run into the age-gap problem. This is aimed at eleven-year-olds. I am … not eleven, so the things that make work for kids—the humour, the bold strokes plot, the somewhat zany adventures and challenges—kept being a little less-than-great for me. I’m too used to depth and complexity, I think.

That didn’t stop me from happily following Nizhoni on her adventure, though. I liked her blend of timidity and boldness and the way she was engaged with her cultural heritage even though she realistically didn’t know everything about it. I liked her sidekicks too, though I have to say, Davery the nerd was definitely my favourite. I also liked the way Roanhorse wrote the Holy People as traditionally Navajo without losing their contemporary feel, and the way she dropped in tidbits of Navajo and other indigenous cultures that didn’t necessarily have to do with the plot.

Three things lessened my enjoyment in particular. The first is again a me-problem: Roanhorse’s adult novels are also grounded in Navajo culture and have enough of the “magical” elements in common with Race to the Sun that I kept having to remind myself this was a separate world. The second is that Nizhoni occasionally sounded a bit too old or a bit too young to be 12–13, but I’m not sure that’s something a less-tuned-in reader would pick up on, and honestly, I don’t really remember being that age for comparison anyway. And the third is that Roanhorse is clearly following a standardized structure, with the characters tackling one obstacle after another and largely hitting Hero’s Journey beats. Again, this is something I don’t think kids would necessarily pick up on.

To repeat, though, those are adult-reader problems, and didn’t really knock this down too much for me. I liked a lot of it! The grumpy horned lizard! The Spider Woman joke! The middle school, which I’m really hoping pops up in further indigenous Riordan Presents titles because I doubt it’ll ever exist in reality and it was cool! The themes of family and respect that ran through everything on several levels! The Navajo 101 stuff not feeling more heavy-handed than I’d expect for middle-grade! The humour not feeling nearly as in-your-face as I remember from Aru Shah and the End of Time. And Roanhorse tackles a few deeper indigenous topics, like a missing mom and the conflict between cultural values and surviving in White culture, with gentle sensitivity.

All in all, this is a liked but didn’t love, which is about what I expected, knowing that I’m pretty old for middle grade at this point. It’s a good book and I do recommend it, and not only for indigenous kids needing rep. It’s a plain fun fantasy adventure.

7/10

Contains: school bullies, brothers who do not listen, largely absent parents, nasty white people ( )
  NinjaMuse | Jul 26, 2020 |
Race to the Sun was such a fun read. I loved Nizhoni and her little brother Mac, and of course can't forget about Davery!
  mxashelynn | Jul 7, 2020 |
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Lately Nizhoni has been able to detect monsters, like Mr. Charles, her dad's new boss at the oil and gas company. He's also alarmingly interested in Nizhoni and her brother, Mac, their Navajo heritage, and the legend of the Hero Twins. Nizhoni knows he's a threat, but her father won't believe her. When Dad disappears the next day, leaving behind a message that says 'Run!', the siblings and Nizhoni's best friend, Davery, are thrust into a rescue mission that can only be accomplished with the help of Dine Holy People and their weapons. But it will take more than weapons for Nizhoni to become the hero she was destined to be...

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