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Cece Rios and the Desert of Souls (Exclusive Edition)

Cece Rios and the Desert of Souls (Exclusive Edition)

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When a powerful desert criatura kidnaps her older sister, Cece Rios must learn to harness her forbidden bruja magic to get her back!

Cece Rios and the Desert of Souls is a thrilling new fantasy from debut author Kaela Rivera! Published by HarperCollins Canada.

This edition features: 
* Exclusive cover
* Signed bookplate from Kaela Rivera
* Author letter from Kaela Rivera
* 'Legendary Courage' collectible sticker (designed by Cecilia Ruiz)

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This middle grade fantasy is perfect for fans of The Storm Runner and Aru Shah and the End of Time. 

Living in the remote town of Tierra del Sol is dangerous, especially in the criatura months, when powerful spirits roam the desert and threaten humankind. But Cecelia Rios has always believed there was more to the criaturas, much to her family’s disapproval. After all, only brujas—humans who capture and control criaturas—consort with the spirits, and brujeria is a terrible crime.

When her older sister, Juana, is kidnapped by El Sombrerón, a powerful dark criatura, Cece is determined to bring Juana back. To get into Devil’s Alley, though, she’ll have to become a bruja herself—while hiding her quest from her parents, her town, and the other brujas. Thankfully, the legendary criatura Coyote has a soft spot for humans and agrees to help her on her journey.

With him at her side, Cece sets out to reunite her family—and maybe even change what it means to be a bruja along the way.


BISAC: Legends, Myths, Fables | Caribbean & Latin American | Mexico | Family & Siblings

Educational Benefits

Immerses readers in a richly woven tapestry of Mexican folklore and mythology, fostering cultural appreciation and empathy while promoting themes of bravery, resilience, and self-discovery, making it a valuable educational resource for expanding cultural understanding, nurturing empathy, and inspiring personal growth in young readers.

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