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Charlie Hernández and the League of Shadows

(Charlie Hernández #1)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  1,291 ratings  ·  274 reviews
The Lightning Thief meets the Story Thieves series in this middle grade fantasy inspired by Hispanic folklore, legends, and myths from the Iberian Peninsula and Central and South America.

Charlie Hernández has always been proud of his Latin American heritage. He loves the culture, the art, and especially the myths. Thanks to his abuela’s stories, Charlie possesses an almost
Hardcover, 330 pages
Published October 23rd 2018 by Aladdin
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Sep 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a debut novel and I am so impressed with the skill and craftsmanship of this first book! Fast-paced and full of adventure and fun, Calejo takes tried and true story tropes and plays with them so entertainingly. Charlie and Violet and terrific characters and Charlie's self-deprecating humorous voice pulled me in right from the first page.

I'm sorry to say that I knew very little of Central, South and Iberian myths and legends and one of the great features of this book is the way Calejo int
Aug 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was the type of book that I needed when I was smaller and had no Hispanic/Latino characters in books. I was always looking for a book with characters that I could culturally relate to and had stories that I was familiar with, and now, I finally have it. This book was a wonderful blend of all of the stories and mythologies that I had heard from my own grandmother brought to life for me in an entirely new way. To say that I loved this book, with its witty dialogue and dynamic characters and m ...more
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Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In the book Charlie Hernández & the League of Shadows, a boy named Charlie Hernández suddenly finds that his parents have gone missing, and the next day, he finds horns growing out of his head! When Charlie finds a map in the locket his mom left for him, he follows it into a world of demons and monsters from the Hispanic legends taught to him as a boy by his grandmother. Along with his newfound friend, Violet, Charlie tries to find out who he actually is and save the world from a evil group of p ...more
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
Nov 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: diversity

Are you a fan of Rick Riordan's Lightning Thief books? You ain't seen any monsters till you have seen monsters from Hispanic mythology. Read Charlie Hernández and the League of Shadows now. What with the adventures with various scary creatures from assorted Hispanic cultures around the world plus all the Spanish tucked into every page, I'm swooning with happiness to share this book with the universe.
Aug 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: story-shop-reads
This book is so much fun! It’s an adventure from beginning to end. Mythology, magic, & an unlikely mystery-solving duo.
What a blast! And what a great kid Charlie is, and what an awesome team he and Violet make, figuring out the myth-based clues and what they mean, while fighting for their lives.
The story energy is pretty high, action is practically constant, and there’s lots of humour as Charlie finds out that the myths his grandmother told him are real, and with a ton of insight from Violet (and most of the investigatory work), has to find a way to fight an evil league intent on killing both of them. Equally im
Amy Bartelloni
Aug 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I picked this up at book expo and I haven’t gotten around to it yet, but my 9 year old son loved it! Full review to come when I read :)
Oct 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Look out, Percy Jackson. You have some fierce competition in Charlie Hernandez. This middle grade novel begins with a 12-year-old boy whose parents have disappeared, his house has burned down and he has grown two horns. When the horns disappear, feathers appear -- while he is in class. And so begins Charlie's quest to discover what is happening to him and how it relates to the disappearance of his parents. Along the way he teams up with classmate Violet and we meet a multitude of mythical creatu ...more
Glendys Sanchez
Oct 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved this book. A winner! This book is perfect for middle school readers.
Aug 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 7th-grade
This book is just chock full of figures from Hispanic mythology and I think middle school readers are going to love its humor and sense of exploration and adventure. Can’t wait to booktalk this one!
Nena Hernandez
Oct 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My daughter loved the book. She said it was fun, fun, fun! I recommended highly.
Christi M
Apr 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a terrific start to a series. Fun, fast-paced adventure story featuring a Hispanic protagonist and introduces readers to Latin folklore, legends, and myths.

Charlie Hernandez is a middle grader whose parents have recently gone missing. Shortly afterwards, he notices that there are horns growing out of his head, later followed by feathers. On a side note, he starts to develop the feathers during the school day which leads to some pretty embarrassing moments of him trying to hide them. But, as
Adriana Tovar
Nov 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This novel was an amazing read! To begin, this novel features a diverse cast. I had been waiting for sooo long to read a novel like this that featured a Hispanic protagonist! Kudos to the author! However, the novel doesn't just provide the reader with a Hispanic character, but also uses many Hispanic myths and legends to develop the plot, and done very well indeed! I appreciated that in this novel, the myths and legends are part of Charlie's quest and are not just delegated to quick mentions. Pe ...more
Beth Mendelsohn
Nov 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Charlie Hernandez grew up listening to his abuela’s stories about witches and monsters of Iberian and Central and South American myths. She made sure he knew everything inside and out. Charlie thought they were just stories until his parents disappeared and his house burned down. Soon after, Charlie started experiencing physical manifestations – horns sprouting from his head and feathers growing all over his body! Middle school is hard enough without having feathers sticking out from under your ...more
Katerina  Kondrenko
4 out of 10

It's a children book written in an adult manner with a bunch of unnecessary stylization. Weird combination. Fantasy meets science, mythos meets reality, fast pacing meets weak intrigue. Not my cup of tea. But! I like the cultural side of this book.
Jerby  Verderosa
Apr 10, 2019 rated it liked it
So much waffling lately with ratings. My biggest struggle seems to be deciding whether to give a book two or three stars.

I want to give this book three stars because it did have moments that really gripped me. Unfortunately, I sort of had to convince myself to chug through it by the end, which is never a good sign for me.

As always, I really loved the idea behind this book. I wouldn’t pick up a novel if I had misgivings about its overall concept. I love the hijinks and adventure and heart behin
WOW! Charlie Hernandez is Awesome!
Charlie Hernandez is a 12 year old Hispanic Boy, whose parents go missing after a mysterious fire. Suddenly drawn into a world where Spanish Myths are very real, but it may or may not be up to CHarlie to save the whole world.

What I love about it is 1) Diversity with proof in the pudding 2) the awkwardness of middle school perfectly conveyed 3) the chapters are short but filled with action and drama 4) Charlie is not a push-over, goody-two-shoes, 5) the book co
May 12, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: teen, fantasy, lyrc-2021
I liked the idea, but the execution left much to be desired.
K.L. Hallam
Mar 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC for an honest review.

Charlie Hernandez’s parents are gone. While waiting at child services for placement, he discovers tiny horns sprouting from his head and recalls the stories his abuela told him night after night, especially those about the Morphling, the myth about a young hero who always defeats his nemesis—an evil twice-cursed witch—by manifesting some kind of an animal trait.

But those were just made up stories.

No longer sleeping at the police station, he’s placed tempo
Alexandra Alessandri
Dec 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ls-books
Charlie Hernández and the League of Shadows was a fun read! I really enjoyed seeing the Latinx and Hispanic mythological creatures on the page, many of whom I'd heard while growing up Colombian. I'm incredibly drawn to these stories and often write about them, so it was a pleasant surprise finding this book. My son enjoyed the adventure and the myths, too, and we're both looking forward to book 2! ...more
Liz Castellanos
Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Simply fun to read!!!!!!! Literally every chapter has something happening that keeps you reading.

There is no build up, just adventure and suspense in every chapter as the author takes the reader through a smorgasbord of Latin folklore.

Already ordered the Castle of Bones and so looking forward to reading it.

I MOST highly recommend it.
Aug 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing

What was that ending oml



A book with Spanish heritage AND the summary said it was like a crossover of The Lightning Thief and


Story Thieves?

TWO of my favorite books combined?!

The Charlie Hernández Series by Ryan Calejo is a middle grade adventure series Inspired by Hispanic folklore, legends, and myths. This is going to be a series review of the first two books in the series, Charlie Hernández and the League of Shadows and Charlie Hernández the Castle of Bones. I don't do series reviews that often, but 2020 has been the year of binge reading for me. When I find a book that I love, I want to be able to grab the next installment and continue on my fun with this charact ...more
Oct 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: latinx-reads
*ARC provided by publisher*

I won’t lie the expectations for this book were over the roof. I have never read a book with Hispanic and Latin American mythology–ever–even though I am of both. So like I needed to get on these things!! So yes, the expectations were high. Lucky for me I found it quite charming, funny, a little outrageous and very magical!

What I liked:

Charlie: He was quite the kid. He had it rough in the first couple chapters with having to deal with the emotions of his miss
Tonja Drecker
Dec 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
With fast-paced adventure, this book steers through Central and South American myths in an exciting and fun frenzy.

Charlie is a middle-schooler, who was normal until his house burnt down and his parents disappeared. A couple of months later, and living in a foster home, his life gets really strange. Horns grow out of his head, feathers burst from his chest, and even more. If it wasn't for a sudden new friend, Violet, he might think he's loosing it. Her instincts as an investigative reporter have
Mar 08, 2019 rated it liked it
First line: "Myths, my abuela used to say, are truths long forgotten by the world."

This book dives head first into action. In this forward momentum, there is no time for the main characters to doubt the fantastical world they uncover. Having just finished some rich, world-building adult fantasy, this was unsettling for me but will certainly be appealing for younger readers.

The female lead is problematic, falling into a young version of the manic pixie dream girl. She excels at everything she do
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Charlie Hernández is this kid in Miami whose parents up and disappeared one day. Then weird stuff starts happening to him, stuff that nothing in his experience has prepared him for except – and this is a weird exception – that it increasingly reminds him of the Hispanic folklore his late grandma used to teach him. Charlie doesn't know where to turn when, for example, horns pop out of his head and, later, he breaks out in feathers. Other than a suspiciously friendly girl at his school, who may or ...more
Jenni Frencham
Apr 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Calejo, Ryan. Charlie Hernandez and the League of Shadows. Aladdin, 2018.

Charlie loves studying the mythology of his Latin American culture. He knows all the stories about all the different monsters and gods from all the countries in Central and South America. But when Charlie is teleported into the very mythological world he loves so much, he will have to keep his wits about him in order to save his family and the rest of the world.

This book is a perfect read-alike for the many Rick Riordan myt
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Audience: 4th Grade & Up
Format: Audiobook/Library Copy

Myths, my abuela used to say, are truths long forgotten by the world.
- first sentence

Charlie Hernandez knows the Hispanic myths inside and out because his abuela (grandmother) has been telling him stories about them since he was very young. Then one day, he finds out that all the monsters that he thought were myths, are actually real. Not only are they real, but they are trying to break through the barrier between life and death.

This a great
Full video review of Charlie Hernandez and Dactyl Hill Squad can be found here.

While it was great to see untranslated, unitalicized Spanglish and folkloric beings from across multiple cultures interacting together on page, the consistent use of ableist language, lack of development for important female character, and the poor choice of using a colonizer as a "good guy" ultimately left me disappointed.
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