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Race to the Sun

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  77 ratings  ·  36 reviews
Lately, seventh grader Nizhoni Begay has been able to detect monsters, like that man in the fancy suit who was in the bleachers at her basketball game. Turns out he's Mr. Charles, her dad's new boss at the oil and gas company, and he's alarmingly interested in Nizhoni and her brother, Mac, their Navajo heritage, and the legend of the Hero Twins. Nizhoni knows he's a threat ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Expected publication: January 14th 2020 by Rick Riordan Presents
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So, so blessed! ARC received!!

I am beyond excited to see what Rebecca Roanhorse will bring to this fantastic Middle Grade imprint.

Thank you so much, Disney Book Group and Rick Riordan Presents, for my early copy. So stoked!!!

Oct 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: black-authors
Actual Rating: 4.5 stars

If you are looking for a fun, middle grade fantasy adventure with monsters, mythology, and #ownvoices Native American representation, then look no further! Race to the Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse is solidly written for her target audience, so don't expect this to be subtextually for adults as well. That said, it's fun, fast-paced, and is jam-packed with Navajo mythology. On an entertaining note- the "big bad" of the story is a monster disguised as a businessman w
Dejanira Dawn
Jun 23, 2018 marked it as to-read
Shelves: mythology
Um the Hero Twins?!? YES please!!! (I was thinking this was Mayan mythology but The Storm Runner is coming out so it can't be. ) But Native American mythology??! That has Hero Twins?? NEED
Jun 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Nizhoni Begay is a heroine you won't soon forget! In the latest Rick Riordan presents, we delve into Native American mythology with bombastic glee as Nizhoni learns about her heritage and what it takes to become a hero. With a colorful cast of side characters-Mr. Yazzie the horned toad being a personal favorite- it's a race to the sun god for mythical weapons so Nizhoni and co can free her father from a tyrannical monster (who also happens to be an oil baron).
Miranda RYan
Sep 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Seventh-grader Nizhoni Begay strives to carve out space where she can shine. She thought by going to an All Native school that she would finally find a place where she fit in. Sadly, this was not the case. One awful night, she notices that her dad’s new boss is not what he seems. Nizhoni must go on a heroic adventure to save the world. Through this journey, Nizhoni learns that she is important to her Navajo people and has a vital role to play.

I loved this story and cannot wait to pic
I received an ARC of this title from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Lately, Navajo middle schooler Nizhoni Begay has been seeing monsters everywhere. She knows that they are monsters, but voices her concerns to only her younger brother, Mac, for fear of being mocked or not believed. But when the latest monster shows up at her basketball game--and turns out to actually be her dad's new boss--she knows something big is about to happen. At least, that's what Mr. Yazzie (her
4.5 stars

This is my third book by Rebecca Roanhorse and I thoroughly enjoyed it! It is targeted for a younger age group than her books in the 6th World series, but her wonderful storytelling style comes through and you end up learning a lot about the mythology of the Dine people along the way. The story moves along at a brisk pace and never gets boring. The story is narrated by Nizhoni Begay, a seventh grade girl who discovers who she really is as she encounters trial after trial. Yo
Jul 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library
This book was received as an ARC from Disney Book Group - Rick Riordan Presents in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

Coming from Rick Riordan publishers I knew that this book was going to be quite the adventure and Rebecca Roanhorse did measure up to that and more. However at first I was frustrated because I could not pronounce the main character's first name Nizhoni and as soon as I could pronounce it, I was able to e
Sep 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Nizhoni desperately wants to find her calling, hoping it'll make her peers admire her-- perhaps a sports star, or internet sensation? Her destiny has more in store than she'd been thinking; she can see monsters. When the owner of a fracking company kidnaps her father, it's up to her, her brother, her best friend, and a talking stuffed horned toad to find Spider Woman for a map of the Glittering World. A fast-paced adventure that kept me consistently invested, and a phenomenal modern retelling of ...more
A more detailed review is to come.

Clear, concise writing. One sentence flows effortlessly into the next, making this story accessible to a wide range of readers. The plot was enticing and cohesive.

Thank you to NetGalley and Disney Book Group for sharing this ARC. I didn't hesitate in pre-ordering. Race to the Sun is another outstanding entry into the stellar Rick Riordan Presents imprint.

Rebecca Roanhorse is a gifted and sensitive writer. I was sad that this is a stand a
Jun 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received this ARC at Book Expo.

I'm always impressed by the books in Rick Riordan's imprint, and this one is exceptional. Having the Navajo folklore as the basis for the fantasy is a great way to introduce children to the Native folkways. The main character shows grit and determination, yet she's willing to sacrifice her own needs to help others. As I was reading this, I was thinking (besides ordering one for my library's collection) which kid of my acquaintance will get this book a
J.D. DeHart
Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Rebecca Roanhorse's take on Native American mythology is so well-done in Race to the Sun. This is another not-yet-released book but I will not provide any spoilers here. Suffice it to say that Roanhorse takes the voice and inspiration she has shown in her science fiction work and brings it all here for the YA crowd. I cannot wait to share this book with students. So good for adults and young readers!
Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard
Sep 24, 2018 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2019
hell to the yes!
Jul 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, children-s
Another fabulous book from Rick Riordan Presents! Nizhoni Begay has suddenly started detecting monsters, and when an especially creepy one is trying to recruit her dad for a new job, she knows she must do something about it. Unfortunately, no one other than her best friend believes her. But when her father is kidnapped and her younger brother threatened with worse, Nizhoni takes matters into her own hands. Thankfully she receives helpful advice from a talking Horned Toad and other Diné Holy Peop ...more
Jul 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you, NetGalley, for the arc of this book. I had a little free time before work the other day and opened this up. Before I knew it I was 1/4 of the way through and wondering if I could be late for work. It had a slower start than I expected, but the main characters and the plot are absorbing. I'll update this when I finish.

Update, I'm 3/4 done (in two sittings!). I love that Native kids are being represented. It's about freakin' time! And written by a Native author as it should
Sep 27, 2019 rated it liked it
I received an arc from netgalley.

I actually really liked this one! It was action packed, while still teaching you about some of the Navajo stories. Kids who liked other books published by Rick Riordan will love these!
T.J. Burns
What a fun adventure! Great cast of characters, each with her/his own individual and endearing traits (view spoiler). I read Race to the Sun with my 12-year-old daughter and we had a great time with it. My daughter especially liked the colorful characters, exciting story line, and entertaining dialogue. We laughed and acted out scenes from the book, complete ...more
Jul 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is definitely top tier Rick Riordan Presents. A fun mixture of mythology and adventure. Enough quips to put a Marvel movie to shame. A diverse group of characters that you can instantly relate to and fall in love with. Fun sidekick that should not be able to talk but can. A fast paced plot that you can get wrapped up in.

The only problems with this book are the same for all the Rick Riordan books. No matter how enjoyable they are they all seem like they are trying to be Percy Jac
Rick Riordan
Nov 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Changing Woman. Rock Crystal Boy. The Glittering World. The Hero Twins.

If those names don’t ring a bell, you’ve been missing out on some of the coolest mythology anywhere. (And as always, when I use the term myth, I use it in its first and most basic sense: a traditional story about gods and heroes, not in its later, more secondary connotation as something false or made up.) But don’t worry. Thanks to Rebecca Roanhorse and Race to the Sun, you’re about to plunge headfirst into the fabulous, sca
Ms. Yingling
Oct 16, 2019 rated it liked it
E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus

Nizhoni Begay struggles a bit. She manages to embarrass herself on the basketball court, watches out for her younger brother Mac because her mother left several years previously, and has to deal with her father's long work hours. When he is approached by Mr. Charles, who wants him to relocate the family to Tulsa, Nizhoni is concerned about moving but also because Mr. Charles is a monster! A statue of a toad, Mr. Yazzie, that she has in her room comes t
Miz Lizzie
Inspired by the Navajo traditional story of the Hero Twins, Rebecca Roanhorse (Black/Ohkay Owingeh, married to a Navajo) tells the story of Nizhoni and her 10-months younger brother Mac and her best friend Davery as they attempt to fight monsters and save the world and Nizhoni's and Mac's kidnapped father. The story zooms along with Nizhoni's snarky voice and the non-stop action as the children meet mythological figures, or the Holy People as the Navajo call them, Rick Riordan-style on their jou ...more
Cody Deserranno
Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing the title!

Rebecca Roanhouse knocks this one out of the park early on – Nizhoni and her colourful supporting cast are wonderfully brought to life. For a middle grade adventure story to be this good is unexpected, but appreciated.

Setting and Plot: I’ve never been to New Mexico, but Roanhouse paints it and the culture with excellent audiovisual descriptors. The story itself draws from Dine beliefs and the characters are on a ‘hero’s j
Laura Mauro
Jun 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
* I got this book for review form the publisher for my honest thoughts*

I really enjoyed this read. I think this book did a prefect job of exploring a new myth system but still used the tired and true riordan format that works so well. I loved the fact that the lead character in this story was female and really loved her point of view. I thought the myths we were exposed to was super compelling and I really loved learning about them. I also loved how this story also developed a trio o
Oct 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Rick Riordan presents series continues to publish excellent books based on world mythology. Race to the Sun is no exception. I loved following 7th grade Nizhoni, her younger brother Mac and her best friend, Davery as their modern world intersects with their Navajo (or more properly, Dine) culture. One small note that detracts from the story is the rather awkward weaving in of issues around the environment and fracking. Important topics, but they weren't developed enough to feel integral to t ...more
Susan Graves
Aug 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Ever since the creation of Rick Riordian’s Greek mythology middle grade series other cultures stories are gaining momentum and exciting kids and adults equally of mythology from all over this world. I for one am so excited about this as it opens eyes to the hardship and lives of other cultures. Race to the Sun is the latest of this series. Race to the Sun is part of the new series presented but not authored by mythology giant Rick Riordian and it follows 7th grader Nizhoni Begay through the Amer ...more
Oct 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Due to her mother's abandonment and her father's absenteeism, Nizhoni wants more than anything to be popular and famous. Unfortunately, her one great talent is not something she can show off around school: Nizhoni sees monsters just like those in her grandmother's stories. The newest monster is her father's new boss, and not just because he keeps fracking on tribal lands. In order to save her dad, Nizhoni, her little brother Mac, and her genius friend Davery will have to go on an epic quest. She ...more
Aug 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another great addition to the Rick Riordan Presents imprint! Rebecca Roanhorse takes her readers through the mythology of Native Americans. These fantastic stories come to life through our main character Nizhoni Begay, who is on a mission to save her dad along with her younger brother Mac and her best friend Davery. Nizhoni is such a fun character to read. Her great personality and hilarious quips keep you entertained and rooting her as she faces each new challenge. Watch as she grows and learns ...more
Sep 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Roanhorse brings Navajo legends and stories to Rick Rardon imprint - and a welcome addition this is to this consistently entertaining and well written imprint! I've not been disappointed in a single one. This story includes the Hero Twins, Spider Woman, Mr. Yazzie, a talking horned toad, and many many more. An exciting page-turner packed with high interest elements, sympathetic characters and plenty of humor.

This is everything I want a middle grade adventure fantasy to be. Roanhorse has created a cast of endearing kiddos who have to use their respective strengths to help loved ones. There's also some commentary on fracking and pipelines, and lots of lovingly shared knowledge about what it means to be Indigenous in general and Navajo in particular. Nizhoni, Davery, and Mac are made of the hero-stuff I love best.
Abby Johnson
Fantasy adventure, humor, mythology, and a strong Navajo heroine it’s impossible not to root for! A great series starter that will please fans of Rick Riordan.
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Rebecca Roanhorse is a Nebula and Hugo Award-winning speculative fiction writer and the recipient of the 2018 Campbell Award for Best New Writer. Her short fiction has also been a finalist for the Sturgeon, Locus and World Fantasy awards. Her novel Trail of Lightning was selected as an Amazon, B&N, Library Journal, and NRP Best Books of 2018, among others, and is a 2019 Nebula Finalist.

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