Wrath of the Rain God (Legendarios)

Wrath of the Rain God (Legendarios)
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April 16, 2024
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Nine-year-old twins, Emma and Martín, couldn’t be more different in their personalities, interests, and even their looks. But one thing they absolutely agree on is that moving from Cuernavaca, Mexico, to Illinois is a terrible idea. Unfortunately, they’re not given a choice when their dad lands his dream job as a middle school principal in Chicago. To help the twins stay connected to their Mexican heritage, their abuela gifts them a book of Mexican legends. The book turns out to be more than a going away present…it’s a magical item that transports them directly into the legends!

In the first legend, Emma and Martín encounter Tlaloc, the god of rain. Tlaloc is angry because his lightning bolt has been stolen, and his rage is manifesting as a torrential downpour over the ancient city of Texcoco. The rain won’t stop until the lightning bolt has been returned, so Emma and Martín set out to recover it.

Will they find Tlaloc’s bolt in time to help the people of Texcoco save their home? Or will the wrath of the rain god mark the end of this legendary city?

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A quick Aztec adventure
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What worked:
The book’s synopsis reveals most of the entire plot. Martin and Emma do not want to move but gifts from their abuela help them feel a connection to Mexico. Abalone shells and Emma’s obsidian necklace are other reminders. Abuela gives the twins a magical book about Mexican legends although the kids don’t realize its powers until later. Emma’s necklace has powers of its own and it becomes an important piece of jewelry during their adventure.
The plot incorporates elements from the Mexican culture as the family moves from Mexico to Chicago. The book opens with their abuela in the kitchen cooking for the family’s goodbye party. Martin and Emma are eating churros and hot chocolate as their grandmother prepares frijoles in a ceramic pot. Tamales and flan will also be included as part of the family’s comida. Abuela uses several Spanish phrases when speaking to the twins but readers should still be able to use the context to understand them. Transporting back to the time of the Aztecs shares more about the pre-Mexican culture and beliefs.
Martin and Emma have no trouble arguing, just ask Abuela, but the story’s challenges force them to become a united team. Martin isn’t about to let Emma enter the portal alone and he’s always by her side even if he doesn’t fully agree with her decisions. They display great bravery during the adventure as they don’t hesitate to help frightened villagers who’ve fallen victim to torrential rains. It takes guts and brains to face two angry Aztec gods and find a way to make them both happy. The twins’ empathy for the defenseless villagers motivates them to never give up.
What didn’t work as well:
The story doesn’t use in-depth descriptions of the events and characters so more advanced readers will find it lacking. However, the writing style results in a faster pace that will appeal to many readers and keep them mentally engaged.
The final verdict:
The fast-paced narrative includes a good deal of action and results in a wholesome, feel-good story. Overall, it will be enjoyable for young readers and I recommend it to average, intermediate-grade students.
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