A stunningly rendered mystical novel, set in the remote mountains of Mexico in the 1950s, illuminates the power of an unlikely friendship that blends cultures, magic, and possibilities. Nothing exciting happens on the Hill of Dust, in the remote mountains of Mexico in the 1950s. There's no electricity, no plumbing, no cars, just day after day of pasturing goats. And now, without his sister and mother, eleven-year-old Teo's life feels even more barren. And then one day, the mysterious young Esma, who calls herself the Gypsy Queen of Lightning, rolls into town like a fresh burst of color. Against all odds, her caravan's Mistress of Destiny predicts that Teo and Esma will be longtime friends. Suddenly, life brims with possibility. With the help of a rescued duck, a three-legged skunk, a blind goat, and other allies, Teo and Esma must overcome obstacles-even death-to fulfill their impossible destiny. Inspired by true stories derived from rural Mexico, The Lightning Queen offers a glimpse of the encounter between two fascinating but marginalized cultures--the Rom and the Mixtec Indians--while telling the heart-warming story of an unlikely friendship that spans generations.
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"Be prepared to be swept away. Thom Rivera and Christian Barillas's narration envelops listeners from opening sentence to final celebration. Their voices speed and slow, fade and boom with the shifting intensity of the action. Their character portrayals are the icing on the cake for a family saga brimming with vitality. Listeners will journey with young Mateo to his grandfather's village in Oaxaca, Mexico, as the story crosses generations and cultures. With a gentle Mexican-Spanish lilt, grandfather Teo looks back to the 1950s, telling of the native Mixteco people and their Romany (Gypsy) visitors, especially Esma, who, against all expectation, becomes his "friend for life." The production concludes with a musical suggestion of Esma's song and an afterword by the author in which she shares her inspiration for writing about the Mixteco and Rom. A.R. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"
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