5 Reasons you should pick up this book:
👉 Awesome representation: Lulu is bisexual, and has childhood epilepsy
👉 Adventurous Middle Grade filled with Tagalog mythology
👉 Found Family
👉 Humor and fun duck character
👉 The community and other characters are amazing
What a fun and energetic middle grade filled with adventure, good fighting evil, and Tagalog mythology.
Eleven-year-old Filipino Lulu suddenly discovers that all the people she knows and the place she calls home are not exactly who or what she thought to be all these years. She also begins to remember another self.
With super strength, like a Marvel hero, she will do her best to keep her family safe from the evil plans of Maligno.
A great homage to the Filipino folklore that suffered from the Spanish imposition and dominance in the past recovers its lore with lots of action and humor. Deities obsessed with K-dramas the Korean wave of popularity and many other modern pop culture references that make the dialogue fun.
I'm so pleased that more books are being released that represent and teach us more about other cultures, their rich mythology, deities, creatures, demons, and legends.
I'm glad this is a duology.
Perfect for fans of Aru Shah.
Thank you to @theshelfstuff for sending me a copy of the book.
From the Publisher:
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In this fast-paced, thrilling middle grade fantasy rooted in Tagalog mythology, a young Filipino girl discovers realms beyond our own full of monsters and gods, a terrible evil who wants her magic, and even a talking duck! The first book in a duology from Gail D. Villanueva (My Fate According to the Butterfly) that’s perfect for fans of Tristan Strong and Aru Shah.
Lulu Sinagtala can’t wait for a fun Christmas break. She’s excited to hang out with her sister, Kitty, and best friend, Bart; to reenact her favorite legends from Tagalog folklore (like the amazing tale of Bernardo Carpio); and, of course, to eat as much yummy street-side inihaw as possible!
But when a vicious wakwak attacks her neighborhood and kidnaps Mom, Lulu discovers the creatures and deities of Tagalog myth are real and that two additional Realms exist beyond our own. To make it worse, Lulu has superhuman strength and the ability to wield magic, meaning she's the only one powerful enough to stop the evil spirit who’s determined to rule the three Realms at all costs. No pressure, right?
Lulu, Kitty, and Bart set off on a quest to rescue Mom, where they outsmart cunning enemies, battle vengeful beings, and form unlikely alliances. Soon they find themselves swept into a centuries-long fight, unraveling secrets about Lulu and her past that threaten to upend everything and throw the whole universe into chaos. Can Lulu muster the strength (superhuman or not) to find out who she really is and who she can trust to save Mom and the three Realms before it’s too late?