The year is 2013 and Natalia, her brother Airon, and her mother have just landed in London, where Natalia will be appearing on the most watched reality-television program, One Minute of Glory. As they prepare to get on the train that will take them to the city center, however, Natalia and Airon become separated from their mother. They wait for hours for someone to come for them before setting out on their own to find their mother. Along the way, they meet a number of unique—and sometimes threatening—characters, but they’re accompanied at every step by Shao Li, Natalia’s imaginary friend, who is a source of courage and strength.
El año es 2013 y Natalia, su hermano Airon y su madre han aterrizado en Londres, adonde Natalia aparecerá en el programa de televisión de más audiencia, Un minuto de gloria. Sin embargo, al ir a montar en el metro que los llevará al centro de la ciudad, se separan de su madre. Esperan por horas a que alguien regrese por ellos antes de finalmente ir en busca de su madre. A lo largo de su viaje se conseguirán con un número de personajes únicos—y a veces hasta amenazantes—pero están acompañados a cada rato por Shao Li, la amiga ausente de Natalia, quien es una fuente de coraje y fortaleza.
Grade 6-9-In 12th-century Spain, nine-year old Fernando desperately follows his father into a battle against the Moors, and reaches him just in time to hold him during his final moments. One of King Alfonso VIII's knights witnesses the tragedy and decides to take the boy under his wing. As a result, rather than being left to wander the countryside alone, Fernando rapidly becomes one of the most important pages in the King's court. After a cold welcome by some of the castle's servants, he is provided with fine clothes, food, a comfortable room, and a tutor. He participates in a number of activities in support of the King, and even travels to Rome to meet with the Pope. Fernando also sets his eyes on In\xE9s, a noble girl, but when he returns from his travels he finds that she has been betrothed to don Nu\xF1o de Trevi\xF1o, a wicked old man who had once plotted against the King. Fernando is not surprised; after all, how could he, a poor peasant boy, expect to marry a noble? A fascinating tale of hope, frustration, adventure, and young love, this beautifully constructed novel is filled with vivid descriptions written in the old Spanish style. Strongly recommended for all bookstores and library collections. Reviewed by Paul M. Kienlen, Walzem Elementary School, San Antonio, TX Cr\xEDticas, 10/15/08