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Praise for Mañanaland:"Ryan has created a world of enchantment that is both innately familiar and uniquely magical... Readers will be led into every rocky corner and wondrous ledge of Ryan's world through her vivid use of imagery, which keeps readers present on every page. She weaves so much relevant lyricism into this small, meaningful volume... 'Mañanaland manages to be both timely and timeless." -- New York Times* "Ryan beautifully layers thought-provoking topics onto her narrative while keeping readers immersed in the story's world. Although set in the fictional country of Santa Maria, "somewhere in the Américas," the struggles of refugee immigrants and the compassion of those who protect the travelers feel very relevant. This tightly packed, powerful fantasy contains resonant truths." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review* "Evocative and dreamlike writing...authentic characters...impeccable pacing....This story, infused with magic, reminds children that humanity thrives when people embrace differences and construct bridges instead of borders. Another unforgettable work from a master storyteller." -- Booklist, starred review* "This richly tiered novel is, at its core, wrenchingly real... Newbery Honoree Ryan (Echo) infuses the soccer-loving boy's story with mystery based on local myth, closely guarded secrets, and a missing birth certificate. Lyrical allusions to the heartbreaking reality of life under repressive regimes and Max's belief in the promise of tomorrow fuse the title and plot of this compelling novel." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review* "A richly satisfying novel that is both contemporary and timeless... The author seamlessly weaves into Max's journey important themes about asylum seekers and the people who help them." -- Shelf Awareness, starred review"As always, Ryan's strength is in her visually expressive language... Poignant, memorable moments are created with just a few sentences... A gem of a story with timely messages... a required purchase." -- School Library Journal"The fictional...setting and the promise of...Mañanaland make for an easier lens with which to view the refugee crisis for young readers, who may gain a greater understanding of real problems happening across the world through Max's tale." -- The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Book"Mañanaland now, more than ever, in this riveting testament to heroism and compassion as only master storyteller Pam Muñoz Ryan can divine and deliver. "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. It blends dream and truth into an enthralling fantasy that quietly shows us what it is like to be unwanted, searching for a place to belong. It is a story about choosing the very difficult path of kindness and courage, and about the faith of knowing with all our hearts that this is the path we all must take." -- Francisco X. Stork, award-winning author of Disappeared"On the edge of fantasy and reality, Pam Munoz Ryan weaves an encouraging tale for those who seek refuge and the promise of a bright tomorrow... This would be an inspiring title for elementary and even middle school library to have in their collections to appeal to those readers who, like Max, are embarking on their own path to self-discovery." -- School Library Connection, Recommended"Ryan skillfully balances Max's day-to-day concerns with his longing for his mother and his growing awareness of a moral responsibility to help others... rich and relevant." -- The Horn Book --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
About the Author
- ASIN : B07PZWYVF1
- Publisher : Scholastic Press (March 3, 2020)
- Publication date : March 3, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 10612 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 256 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #483,907 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The image of the need to flee to escape violence brings to mind the underground resistance movement of Europeans in WW II and the underground railway of the US Civil War. Humans are on the move worldwide in the hundreds of millions, to escape violence, to seek a better life, to escape environmental disasters. Surely young readers are aware of these issues, and the author of Mananaland does a brilliant job of gently introducing the concept of human trafficking and the need to flee in wartime situations. This is done without graphically spelling out the details, and without politicizing any particular event in the story. The “bad” city is Abismo, which means Abyss. The unknown paradise is “Mananaland”, which stands for hope.
The overriding theme of the book is love. Love of family, expanding to love of friends, expanding to love of the stranger who needs our help. Max ultimately finds his answers and sees who he really is as he risks his life to save another.
From an educational standpoint, this book is a great introduction to the Spanish language and to the science of building bridges. The author uses a Spanish word and then within a few sentences, the English word will be repeated. This is done seamlessly, I might add. Max’s family are stone masons and build bridges (another metaphor used in the book). As there are extensive bridge building terms used, this is a great opportunity to expand a curriculum to include a unit on the engineering aspect.
There is a bit of symbolism woven into the story, including a peregrine falcon that appears throughout at critical points. It does put a lot of faith in a legend about the falcon which also symbolizes wisdom, vision, and victory. It is a metaphor of rising above challenging situations which Maximilian has, and will continue to achieve, but not without a lot of personal struggle. It is also a nod to the challenges and heartwrenching choices that parents must sometimes face.
Overall, this is a story of hope and while it doesn't overtly share the message that one's value comes from the Creator, it still looks beyond human standards of value. It is worth discussing with your 8 to 12 year old. There are a lot of themes that can trigger sensitive topics that you may want to navigate with your child, particularly when a biological parent is not involved.