"Uniquely magical...Timely and timeless." -- New York Times
* "This tightly packed, powerful fantasy contains resonant truths." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review
* "Another unforgettable work from a master storyteller." -- Booklist, starred review
* "Richly tiered... wrenchingly real...compelling." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review
"A gem of a story with timely messages." -- School Library Journal
"Rich and relevant." -- The Horn Book
"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.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
An exciting young-adult fantasy that also packs a positive, unifying message about the world we live in? We’re all for it! Pam Muñoz Ryan’s beautifully crafted book follows 12-year-old Maximiliano Córdoba, who’s driven by his desire to learn more about his mother, who vanished not long after he was born. But when Max goes searching for answers, he discovers an even bigger secret about his family—involving the so-called Guardians, powerful individuals who help desperate people flee the fictional Central American village of Santa Maria when their lives are in danger. Max is a compelling, relatable hero doing his best to understand the shadowy and confusing adult world around him as he embarks on a quest to help a young girl. Muñoz Ryan’s adventure story delivers a powerful message about the plight of refugees and Latin American migrants. Mañanaland’s timely connection to current events gives it depth and makes it a brilliant read for people of all ages.