All the Crooked Saints
by Stiefvater, Maggie

When Daniel Soria, the current saint of Bicho Raro, Colorado, violates the family's greatest taboo, Beatriz and Joaquin, along with the visitors, must drive off the darkness.

Maggie Stiefvater is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the novels Shiver, Linger, Forever, and Sinner. Her novel The Scorpio Races was named a Michael L. Printz Honor Book by the American Library Association. The first book in The Raven Cycle, The Raven Boys, was a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year and the second book, The Dream Thieves, was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. The third book, Blue Lily, Lily Blue, received five starred reviews. The final book, The Raven King, received four. Her latest book is All the Crooked Saints. She is also an artist and musician. She lives in Virginia with her husband and their two children. You can visit her online at

Bicho Raro, Colorado, is a town where the people, particularly the Mexicans and Mexican Americans, are mysterious and magical. Strangers travel far and wide in search of the town where miracles happen or, alternately, find themselves in this town not realizing that they need a miracle. Stiefvater puts the three Soria cousins at the center of the narrative. Each cousin has their own propensity for miracles, but Daniel, the oldest, is the one with the power to perform miracles for strangers and friends. His cousins Beatriz and Joaquin struggle to form their own futures. This is an intensely character-driven narrative, and Stiefvater's use of magic realism is at times too dependent on commonplace Latinx stereotypes. For example, Beatriz is the archetype Latina vixen, or, in Stiefvater's words, "la chica sin sentimientos" (the woman without feelings). Still, this makes for a great opportunity for YA readers and educators to discuss how people of color get represented in literature as subservient, mystical beings, and it would pair interestingly with Anna-Marie McLemore's When the Moon Was Ours (2016). HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Stiefvater is one of YA's biggest stars, and her first stand-alone since the Raven Cycle will demand lots of attention. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.

The line between truth and legend is obscured in the high desert of the San Luis Valley, a world of tall tales and miracles that draws literary pilgrims.In 1962 the teenage Soria cousins of Bicho Raro, descended from Los Santos de Abejones of Oaxaca, Mexico, continue the family legacy of miracle working. However, pilgrims seeking a miracle here find their inner darknesses brought to life, tangible metaphors for their psychic pain. When the eldest cousin and acting Saint, Daniel, interferes with a miracle in progress, the darkness falls upon him as well, and he flees into the night. Barred by their fearful parents from seeking him directly, the remaining cousins decide to reach out in the only way they know how—through their pirate radio station. Coolly intellectual Beatriz and passionate Joaquin join forces with white-bread Pete Wyatt, a salt-of-the-earth transplant from Oklahoma, using the technical marvel of AM radio to perform a practical miracle and hopefully bring Daniel home. In the process, the family rediscovers that the best way to fight the darkness is with someone you love by your side. Stiefvater weaves a rich history for this mythical homestead. Though not an own-voices narrator, she well-captures the rural, mountain West and the Latinx culture that provides the foundation for the Sorias' twilight world. True history blends with traditional and fanciful folklore as fallen saints find salvation in the lyrical power of family, community, and rock-'n'-roll. (Fabulism. 14-adult) Copyright Kirkus 2017 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

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