Pahua and the soul stealer

by Lee, Lori M.,

Format: Print Book 2021
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Summary
Best-selling author Rick Riordan presents Lori M. Lee's middle grade debut, a fantasy adventure inspired by Hmong mythology.

"I love the adventures Pahua has in this book. I also love the sense of humor, the clever plotting, and the fantastic cast of characters. But most of all I love Pahua: her courage, her kindness, and her love for family."--NYT best-selling author Rick Riordan


Winner of the 2022 Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children's Literature

Pahua Moua has a bit of a reputation for being a weirdo. A lonely eleven-year-old Hmong girl with the unique ability to see spirits, she spends her summer days babysitting her little brother and playing with her best friend, a cat spirit no one else can see.

One day Pahua accidentally untethers an angry spirit from the haunted bridge in her neighborhood--whoops. When her brother suddenly falls sick and can't be awoken, Pahua fears that the bridge spirit has stolen his soul. She returns to the scene of the crime with her aunt's old shaman tools, hoping to confront the spirit and demand her brother's return. Instead, she summons a demon.

Thankfully, a warrior shaman with a bit of an attitude problem shows up at the last minute and saves her butt. With the help of this guide, Pahua will have to find her way through the spirit worlds and rescue her brother's soul before it's too late. Little does she know she'll have her own discoveries to make along the way. . . .

With its unforgettable characters, unique nature-based magic system, breathtaking twists and reveals, and climactic boss battle, this story based on Hmong oral tradition offers everything a fantasy lover could want.

Endorsed by Rick Riordan, author of Percy Jackson and the Olympians, soon to be a series on Disney+.

Complete your middle grade fantasy collection with these best-selling fan favorites: Rick Riordan Presents Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi Rick Riordan Presents Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee Rick Riordan Presents The Last Fallen Star by Graci Kim The Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Having an invisible talking cat as your best friend gets you branded as strange, but 11-year-old Pahua has been able to see spirits for as long as she can remember. After a new girl at school invites her to hang out, Pahua's chance at friendship goes awry as she accidentally untethers an angry spirit. When the spirit takes her brother's soul, causing him to fall ill, Pahua must undertake an unexpected quest, along with a snotty warrior shaman-in-training, to the spirit realm. Drawing from Hmong stories and blending fantasy with horror, Pahua's hero journey has unexpected friendships and betrayals, meetings with gods, fights with demons, and reincarnated warriors, all while Pahua discovers her unexpected powers and deals with her feelings over the fact that her father has left. Pahua is clever with a bit of snark, giving the story a lot of humor, and while the book is long, the pace is quick, with plenty of adventure and action to keep readers going. Another exciting, mythology-based fantasy for middle-graders."
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Inspired by Southeast Asian mythology, this lively middle grade debut follows reserved, empathic Hmong 11-year-old Pahua Moua, who hides her ability to see spirits. Worried about standing out even more in her predominantly white Wisconsin town, Pahua also fears that revealing her abilities will lead to losing her only friend: a talking cat spirit named Miv. When Pahua accidentally unleashes a malevolent bridge spirit that threatens her younger brother's life, she teams up with strong-willed Zhong, a young Hmong shaman warrior sent by the elders, to seek the lightning ax--a "celestial weapon of the gods" once wielded by "the first and greatest shaman"--in the spirit realm. Lee (Forest of Souls) adroitly develops the friendship between Pahua and Zhong as they bond over their insecurities and complicated familial relationships. Humorous dialogue ("His second cousin is married to Huab Tais Zaj's nephew's cousin on his mom's side") from the demons and spirits brings a much-needed levity to each challenge that the two girls face. Featuring Hmong representation and action-packed adventure, this high-spirited, emotionally resonant series starter will satisfy any fan of the imprint. Back matter includes a glossary and an author's note. Ages 8--12. Agent: Suzie Townsend, New Leaf Agency. (Sept.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Spirits -- Juvenile fiction.
Shamans -- Juvenile fiction.
Mythology, Hmong -- Juvenile fiction.
Hmong Americans -- Juvenile fiction.
Spirits -- Fiction.
Shamans -- Fiction.
Mythology, Hmong -- Fiction.
Hmong Americans -- Fiction.
Fantasy.
Adventure and adventurers -- Fiction.
Fantasy fiction.
Mythological fiction.
Action and adventure fiction.
Publisher Los Angeles :Disney-Hyperion,2021
Edition First edition.
Audience Ages 8-12.
Language English
Notes "Rick Riordan presents."
Description 423 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
ISBN 9781368068246
1368068243
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