"A luminous embodiment of hope." -- Rita Williams-Garcia, Newbery Honor-winning author of One Crazy Summer and Clayton Byrd Goes Underground
"Mañanaland is that rare gift of a book." -- Francisco X. Stork, award-winning author of Disappeared
Maximiliano Córdoba loves stories, especially the legend Buelo tells him about a mythical gatekeeper who can guide brave travelers on a journey into tomorrow.
If Max could see tomorrow, he would know if he'd make Santa Maria's celebrated fútbol team and whether he'd ever meet his mother, who disappeared when he was a baby. He longs to know more about
her, but Papá won't talk. So when Max uncovers a buried family secret--involving an underground network of guardians who lead people fleeing a neighboring country to safety--he decides to seek
answers on his own.
With a treasured compass, a mysterious stone rubbing, and Buelo's legend as his only guides, he sets out on a perilous quest to discover if he is true of heart and what the future holds.
This timeless tale of struggle, hope, and the search for tomorrow has much to offer today about compassion and our shared humanity.
A phantasmagorical rumination on the childhood of the great Chilean poet Pablo Neruda is rooted in a belief that words possess the power to mend the spirit and change the world. —Smithsonian Notable List
* "This book has all the feel of a classic, elegant and measured, but deeply rewarding and eminently readable. —Booklist, starred review
* "The perfect marriages of text and art. —School Library Journal, starred review
* "Rich, resonant and enchanting. —Kirkus Reviews, starred review
* "Told in a lyrical, fairy tale-like style... Readers will be swept up. —Publishers Weekly, starred review
* "This well-written novel belongs in all collections. —School Library Journal, starred review
Details of existence at the migrant work camp, agricultural strikes and violence, discrimination, and the Mexican repatriation are realistic, based on historical facts in this readable, believable, and inspirational story. —Voice of Youth Advocates
Rich in family, friends and esperanza - the Spanish word for hope. —The Horn Book
Ryan's novel, inspired by events in the life of her grandmother, deftly weaves social issues into a novel that is first and foremost a compelling story of family and coming of age. —Cooperative Children's Book Center, recommended
Ryan's... style is engaging, her characters appealing, and her story is one that -- though a deep-rooted part of the history of California, the Depression, and thus the nation -- is little heard in children's fiction. It bears telling to a wider audience. —Kirkus Reviews
Ryan writes a moving story in clear, poetic language that children will sink into, and the book offers excellent opportunities for discussion and curriculum support. —Booklist
* "An immaculately crafted and inspiring piece of text and art. —Publishers Weekly, starred review
Ryan's hypnotic text, inspired by the childhood of Pablo Neruda, is brought to life by the extraordinary art of Peter Sís. —The New York Times
Enchanting... Triumphant. —The New York Times
A masterpiece. —Christopher Paul Curtis, author of Newbery Medal-winning Bud, Not Buddy
A Newbery Honor BookKirkus Prize WinnerAméricas Award WinnerA New York Times Notable BookA Publishers Weekly Best Book of the YearAn ILA Notable Book for a Global SocietyAn ALA Notable Children's BookAn Odyssey Honor AudiobookNew York Public Library 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing —
Mañanaland is that rare gift of a book. It blends dream and truth into an enthralling fantasy that quietly shows us what it is like to be unwanted, searching for a place to belong. It is a story about choosing the very difficult path of kindness and courage, and about the faith of knowing with all our hearts that this is the path we all must take. —Francisco X. Stork, award-winning author of Disappeared
Mañanaland now, more than ever, in this riveting testament to heroism and compassion as only master storyteller Pam Muñoz Ryan can divine and deliver. "A luminous embodiment of hope. —Rita Williams-Garcia, Newbery Honor-winning author of One Crazy Summer and Clayton Byrd Goes Underground
Daring and beautiful. —Linda Sue Park, author of Newbery Medal-winning A Single Shard
* "The story of Otto and the cursed sisters honor timeless and traditional folktales [and] Ryan has created three contemporary characters who, through faith and perseverance, write their own happy endings, inspiring readers to believe they can do the same. —School Library Journal, starred review
Resilient, smart characters refuse to give in to circumstances seemingly beyond their control. Ryan's stories never fail to touch the heart. —Voice of Youth Advocates
Ryan's ingenious plotting harmonizes as sweetly as the famed mouth harp itself, and her eloquent prose breathes life and energy into likable characters whose stories are individually compelling and historically resonant... A book of special distinction. —The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, recommended
* "Each individual story is engaging, but together they harmonize to create a thrilling whole. —Publishers Weekly, starred review
* "A grand narrative that examines the power of music to inspire beauty in a world overrun with fear and intolerance. —Kirkus Reviews, starred review
* "Ryan beautifully layers thought-provoking topics onto her narrative while keeping readers immersed in the story's world. Although set in the fictional country of Santa Maria, "somewhere in the Américas," the struggles of refugee immigrants and the compassion of those who protect the travelers feel very relevant. This tightly packed, powerful fantasy contains resonant truths. —Kirkus Reviews, starred review
Pam Muñoz Ryan is the recipient of the NEA’s Human and Civil Rights Award and the Virginia Hamilton Literary Award for multicultural literature. She has written more than thirty books which
have garnered, among countless accolades, the Pura Belpré Medal, the Jane Addams Award, and the Schneider Family Award. She lives near San Diego.
DRM (Digital Rights Management) is a copyright protection for digital media. While much of Blackstone Library Beta’s content is DRM free, and allows for usage across platforms, select products on Blackstone Library Beta are required by publishers to have DRM protected files. These products will be playable exclusively on the BlackstoneLibrary.com apps, available for iOS and Android devices.
To listen to this title you will need our latest app
Serving libraries since 1987, Blackstone Library is your one-stop shop for audiobooks. We are dedicated to providing top-quality audio content, offering over 25,000 unabridged titles—with more than 500 new releases and 75 exclusive titles added each month.