Solimar: The Sword of the Monarchs (Paperback)

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March/April 2022 Kids Indie Next List


Solimar is a compelling adventure story with a sweet cast of characters, including a quetzal and talking rag doll. Readers will love the monarch butterflies’ unique magic, the worldbuilding, and the story’s environmentalist themes.”
— Ellie Ray, Content Bookstore, Northfield, MN

About the Author


Pam Muñoz Ryan is the author of over forty books for young readers and has been honored as the US nominee for the Hans Christian Andersen Award. Her novels include Esperanza Rising, Becoming Naomi León, Riding Freedom, Paint the Wind, The Dreamer, and Echo, a Newbery Honor book and the recipient of the Kirkus Prize. She is the author recipient of the National Education Association’s Human and Civil Rights Award, the Virginia Hamilton Literary Award for Multicultural Literature, and is twice the recipient of the Pura Belpré Medal and the Willa Cather Award. Other honors include the PEN USA Award, the Américas Award, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor, and the Orbis Pictus Award. She was born and raised in Bakersfield, California, but now lives near San Diego with her family. Many of her stories reflect her half-Mexican h

Praise For…


Award-winning author Ryan has masterfully crafted a story using cultural elements from Mexico with a generous sprinkling of magic. In this story of courage, determination, and ingenuity, readers will cheer on Solimar in her arduous journey to save what is near and dear to her heart.—Booklist

Full of energy and egalitarian ideas, Solimar gently but firmly resists some aspects of San Gregorio’s gender roles while honoring the kingdom’s traditions and protecting its ecological wonders...Ryan emphasizes cooperation and mutual assistance among individuals and communities; both Solimar and her kingdom are ultimately stronger for the friendships they forge.—BCCB

The story is rich with vibrant imagery, suspense, and humor...Muñoz Ryan has given readers a strong and appealing Latinx heroine, while weaving in beautiful elements of culture, ancestry, family values, and gender equality.—School Library Journal
Product Details
ISBN: 9781368078443
ISBN-10: 1368078443
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Publication Date: January 31st, 2023
Pages: 208
Language: English