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4.11  ·  Rating details ·  2,068 ratings  ·  454 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, 306 pages
Published January 14th 2020 by Rick Riordan Presents
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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
Sep 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs-read
**3.5-stars rounded up**

When Nizhoni Begay notices a mysterious man in the bleachers at her Junior High basketball game, she can't take her eyes off him.

In fact, she's so focused on him that she actually misses the game winning shot!

The thing is, she knows instinctively that this man is a monster in disguise. Oh yeah, seeing monsters among us is a gift she has recently discovered she has.

After the game, she learns the monster is her Dad's new boss, Mr. Charles, and he is very interested in Niz
Spencer Orey
Oct 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mg-fantasy
I grew up in northern New Mexico, and I wish I had had this book when I was a kid. It's a cool fantasy adventure story about Navajo 7th graders who have to get rid of a monster by learning all kinds of awesome Navajo things. It's a wonderful use of mythology.
Jun 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: physical-owned
What a warm hug of a book! This is the kind of middle grade fantasy I love- imaginative world building, solid characters with age appropriate motivations, lots of emphasis on relationships with family and friends, and a quick, action packed plot. For adult readers of Rebecca Roanhorse, this is basically a MG version of what would have happened to Trail of Lightning's protagonist if she hadn't been born in the apocalypse and had stronger existing connections to family. All around, I love Roanhors ...more
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 who owns an o
Melanie  Brinkman
We are heroes, but maybe we just don't know it yet.

Nizhoni is just your normal 7th grader. But lately she's started seeing monsters, like the one attending her basketball game, like the one that turns out to be Mr. Charles, her dad's potential boss at the oil and gas company. He's strangely interested in her family, their Navajo heritage, and the legend of the Hero Twins. Despite her best attempts to warn him, Nizhoni's father won't believe his boss is a threat.

When her dad disappears the next d
Jan 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing

Reviewed at the Alliterates: Race to the Sun review

“Who you are is always enough.” 

Nizhoni is in love with spaghetti, her Frank Waln shirt, and she has an incurable desire to be internet famous.

Roanhorse repeatedly makes it known that she wants books for her daughter to relate to when she grows up. This book is for right now.

Roanhorse is Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo, African-American and Diné-in-law. Her daughter is Diné and part of that community. This book is an act of love for her daughter. It en
This was fun, and though I kept thinking as I was reading that Nizhoni Begay was was an ancestor of Maggie Hoskie (of Rebecsa Roanhorse's The Sixth World series) because of her monster-related abilities.
Nizhoni Begay wants to be famous and adored, to make up for her father's neglect, which is probably due to his feelings about her missing mother. Nizhoni's dearest wish is to be a hero. Her life takes a left turn when she sees a monster one day in the stands at her basketball game, and soon after
Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard
Sep 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
Okay so full disclosure that I am not an unbiased reviewer.

I literally spend my days trying to find books for unserved Indigenous communities AND OH MY GOD THERE IS LIKE NOTHING OUT THERE! Now I don't live anywhere near a Navajo territory but having a book I can take to the communities I do serve with a power-wielding bad-ass Indigenous girl fighting against some evil dude trying to destroy the amazing! She's incredibly relatable and I love her family's backstory.

Rep: Navajo rep
Jan 31, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a really fun story that also opened up a whole new world of Navajo mythology to me. I liked all the main characters, especially Nizhoni. I only wish the book was longer because the finale was quite rushed, in my opinion. But I still enjoyed this novel a lot!
Lisa Wolf
What fun! Race to the Sun is the middle grade children’s adventure novel that we absolutely needed!

Written by the talented Rebecca Roanhorse, Race to the Sun uses Navajo mythology in an epic quest full of danger and trials. Main characer Nizhoni, a 7th grader who wants to be special, finds herself able to sense monsters — a gift which becomes crucial when her father goes missing.

Accompanied by younger brother Mac and best friend Davery, these three tweens must navigate the American Southwest thr
This was such a good read. I loved the characters and really enjoyed how they brought humor into their tough situation. The Navajo background and legend of the Hero Twins was really interesting as well. Full RTC.
Pretty sure Rebecca Roanhorse could do a magical retelling of the phone book, and I would give it five stars.... she is too powerful and must be nerfed.


Race to the Sun is the adventure novel of my heart: Nizhoni sees monsters. When her dad is kidnapped by one posing as his new boss, Nizhoni, her brother, and her best friend must journey into the Dinétah--Navajo lands--and complete a heroes' quest of epic proportions to get Spider Woman's help and make it to the house of the Sun. But the
Feb 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Riordan Presents books have just been so good.

I mean I haven’t gotten to all of them yet, but the ones I have read? So good. Nizhóní’s story is no exception. It’s got a bit of humor to go with the monsters. The stories and figures in this book were so interesting. I want to go find out more about everything right now. It’s 2 AM when I’m writing this, so maybe tomorrow would be a better idea?

This book follows primarily Nizhóní but along with her on her journey to save the world are her best frie
Katie Reus
Feb 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audible-listen
I listened to this first because I wanted to see if it was too mature for my kid and ended up loving it. Great listen/read!
Paige Green
Dec 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher and Netgalley. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

Book: Race to the Sun

Author: Rebecca Roanhorse

Book Series: Standalone so far

Rating: 5/5

Diversity: Native American main and side characters and lore.

Publication Date: January 14, 2020

Genre: MG Fantasy

Recommended Age: 12+ (some violence, some slightly scary moments)

Publisher: Rick Riordan Presents

Pages: 320

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Synopsis: Lately, seventh grader Nizhoni Begay has been able to detect monsters, lik
Michelle Kenneth -
Excellent work. I absolutely loved this story. This is another story of gods and demigods in the Rick Riordan Presents universe, but written by Rebecca Roanhorse, who covers the Navajo gods.

I love reading stories about the Navajo gods. This is the second book I've read this year that incorporates present day with the stories of the ancient Navajo gods. When I was a kid, the books I read about our Native Americans were written by...not Navajo people. I think it is better to learn about their ways
May 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I consider really more of a 3.5/4 star title but because I’m irritated by those who are racist and claiming only the pure Dine should write such a story, I’m giving it 5 stars. As many in the community should know, there are not that many pure blood Native Americans around because of genocide. Insisting that only one who is pure blooded can write such a story is making the bar way too high. Someone who has been immersed for fifteen years in the Dine culture and is raising a daughter to love her ...more
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 with Nizhoni facial express ...more
Jan 20, 2020 marked it as xx-dnf-skim-reference
Debbie Reese gives this an evaluation of Not Recommended.

She posted an article by Michael Thompson on her website here:

Btw, they're not keen on Trail of Lightning, either, unfortunately.
Just goes to show that "Own Voices" is not a sufficient & simple basis for evaluation, that we need to consider other metrics.
Jareth Navratil
Jun 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I adored this book from start to finish. While the author, Rebecca Roanhorse, certainly adheres to the formula Rick Riordan has established for modern mythology, she executed it masterfully. Young Adult readers will delight in joining Nizhoni, a young Navajo girl who is the latest descendent of a long line of monster slayers, as she is thrust on a quest to rescue her father from an gas-fracking monster.
Enne (they/he)
4 stars

It's time for yet another review of a book that I listened to in one day because I didn't want to stop!! This story definitely did a good job of pulling me in and getting me interested in the plot right from the get-go.

This was a really fast-paced story and I really loved that about this book! It made it very easy to connect to the story and stay invested in it. There was always something happening so it never felt like a slog to get through and I know that this is usually the deal with
mel naz
Aug 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
SEQUEL, SEQUEL, SEQUEL! I honestly love this book so much. As someone who loves learning about native American mythology in learning more about indigenous people in America, this book was perfect for me. The humor in this book was immaculate and I loved all the characters alot. sometimes, just having a middle grade really brightens your mood and makes you smile. I really loved this book and I hope the author makes a sequel.
Jun 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Race to the Sun is the first book I've read by Rebecca Roanhorse, and the first book I've read in the Rick Riordan Presents series! This story was creative and entertaining, and I enjoyed learning about legends I hadn't heard of before. This is a great pick for Percy Jackson fans, and if you're looking for middle-grade fantasy, this is one to check out!
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I grew up in Southern Arizona and when I was little I would catch and play with horned toads (we called them horny toads). I freaking loved them and I am not a lizard girl at all. I would hold them and pet them and then let them go (sadly, of course, as I always wanted one as a pet). Every time I see or hear about one nowadays, I get so happy. So imagine my happiness level when a character in this book is an actual horned toad who is helping our hero along in her story. It really bumped this boo ...more
actual rating: 3.5

I've been really enjoying all these great books from the Riordan Presents imprint and this one is no exception. It was a fun action-packed book with a lot of cool introductory information about Native American mythology. I am not as familiar with this kind of mythology as some others so I feel like there were definitely a few things that went over my head but I'm sure everything will be expanded on in future books and it was still a quick and enjoyable read. I'll definitely be
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 ...more
Ms.  Nigeria Parker
May 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Honestly, I walked into this book assuming it was an Asian Mythology because of the cover. I was so wrong, I never read the summary or anyone's review. I've read this book twice and I am hoping this isn't a stand alone. But even if it is. It's definitely a great book. I learned a lot in this book. I know it's fictional, but this book had some great facts.
Sharon Lawler
Jan 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Adventure and Navajo mythology, combined with unique character voices and personalities, especially the younger brother, will keep the middle grade-junior high reader completely involved in this mystery set in the Southwest US. Mythology is not my forte, but this might just make me a convert.
Oct 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
God I love the Rick Riordan Presents series to infinity and beyond. I am so happy Rick Riordan is such an exceptional person to use his white privilege, and his success as an author to promote BIPOC, POC and queer authors by helping them get their stories out into the middle grade world. This series of books is going to influence the next generation incredibly and so many kids will finally be able to see themselves reflected in books.

If you've read Trail of Lightning, you'll see a lot of simila
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Rebecca Roanhorse is a NYTimes Bestseller and a Nebula, Hugo and Locus Award-winning speculative fiction writer and the recipient of the 2018 Astounding (formerly Campbell) Award for Best New Writer.

Her novels include TRAIL OF LIGHTNING, STORM OF LOCUSTS, STAR WARS: RESISTANCE REBORN, and RACE TO THE SUN. Her upcoming novel BLACK SUN is set to release 10/13/2020.

She lives in Northern New Mexico w

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