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"Garber’s gorgeous novel combines the wonder of a Hogwarts-style magic school with the Twilight-esque dynamics of a hidden magical species that has strict rules about interacting with the human world." (Booklist, starred review) 

Some people are illegal.

Lobizonas do not exist.

Both of these statements are false.

Manuela Azul has been crammed into an existence that feels too small for her. As an undocumented immigrant who's on the run from her father's Argentine crime family, Manu is confined to a small apartment and a small life in Miami, Florida. 

Until Manu's protective bubble is shattered. 

Her surrogate grandmother is attacked, lifelong lies are exposed, and her mother is arrested by ICE. Without a home, without answers, and finally without shackles, Manu investigates the only clue she has about her past - a mysterious "Z" emblem - which leads her to a secret world buried within our own. A world connected to her dead father and his criminal past. A world straight out of Argentine folklore, where the seventh consecutive daughter is born a bruja and the seventh consecutive son is a lobizón, a werewolf. A world where her unusual eyes allow her to belong. 

As Manu uncovers her own story and traces her real heritage all the way back to a cursed city in Argentina, she learns it's not just her US residency that's illegal...it’s her entire existence.

A Macmillan Audio production from Wednesday Books

“With vivid characters that take on a life of their own, beautiful details that peel back the curtain on Romina's Argentinian heritage, and cutting prose Romina Garber crafts a timely tale of identity and adventure.” (Tomi Adeyemi, New York Times best-selling author of Children of Blood and Bone)

“Lobizona somehow loves its genre while simultaneously tearing it apart with werewolf claws, reveling in earthy magic and righteous anger.” (NPR.org)

“This layered novel blends languages and cultures to create a narrative that celebrates perseverance.” (Publishers Weekly, starred review)

©2020 Romina Garber (P)2020 Macmillan Audio

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I couldn’t stop listening

Such a beautifully tragic and magical story. It is so artfully woven with issues that we face today in such a stark way. Wonderfully written, I cannot wait to return with Manu.

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Familiar YA in Latinx fantasy setting

The classic themes of being different and not fitting in are blended with contemporary issues of undocumented immigrants, sexism, gender roles, and LGBTQ acceptance. Sometimes the author/narrator seems to intrude on the plot with asides to various injustices just kind plopped into the text. It's an artless kind of message fiction, but that aspect gradually fades as the plot progresses. By the end I'd have jumped into the sequel if it were available.

I think there were some romance scenes? That I just skipped through..

The audiobook narration is.. fair? The characters are Argentine, so an Argentine actress reads the text. She sounds flat and morose throughout. If you've ever heard a book or film critic read their reviews aloud on the radio, that's pretty close. There are a lot of odd stress placements and occasionally words get mashed into a string of syllables that I had to check the text for.

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A must read.

So relevant to our time, can not wait for the second part. A book you can re read over and over again.

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Amazing

Romina’s way of giving us all a home and a sense of belonging is one of the greatest things about this book. Not only the writing is amazing but the message it delivers is exactly what times like these require.

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Funny, timely and fiery.

What a joy to hear an Argentine accent for a change, I loved the bilingual parts! The narrator authentically sounds like a teenager telling me what she's going through and it made the experience so enjoyable, rather having someone that sounds old for the part. Plus it has a such a funny group of rag tag characters once you get into the second half, a few parts had me actually laughing out loud

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Such a fun and well crafted world

This story was fun and interesting to hear come to life. Recommend for those who enjoy the building of a world and love a good fantastastical rebellion!

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I loved it

A fun , beautiful story Full of magic and reality life enjoy and all the scary enjoy enjoy

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I tried to savor it so it would last longer

It’s been a long time since I’ve been this invested in a story. Highly recommend.

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Enthralling World

This book is amazing! I loved diving into the world Garber created and started the second book, Cazadora, immediately after finishing this one.

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Amazing! Unique and magical!

Wow! I am very impressed with this book and the audio. The story was very unique in the sense that the main character was bilingual and magical. It touches on real life issues that are very much a constant battle in todays time. I could picture this series as a movie and being just as big as Harry Potter. And the narration was great! Best book I’ve read in a while!