Resau, Laura The Lightning Queen, 336 pages. Scholastic Press, November 2015. $17. Content: G.
Every summer Mateo feels drawn to the remote hill top village in Mexico that is his grandfather Teo and his mother’s childhood home. This year Mateo hears the true story of the two years that girl Esma, who called herself The Lightning Queen, visited with her gypsy tribe. Those brief visits were life-changing for Teo and for the entire village, as they enjoyed the new nightly movie picture shows and grew into friendship. Esma disappeared from Teo’s life after two short visits, but she never left his heart. Mateo feels that it is his job to find her.
I can’t wait to share this with some of my literary friends. This is definitely a book that an adult will appreciate much more than a student – just because of the level of sophistication and that it is character based, not plot driven. There will be those few, more mature students who will treasure it, though; you will have to hand sell it to them, though.
HS – OPTIONAL. Cindy, Library Teacher