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Race to the Sun

By: Rebecca Roanhorse
Narrated by: Kinsale Hueston
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Publisher's Summary

Best-selling author Rick Riordan welcomes indigenous fantasy writer Rebecca Roanhorse to his imprint with this thrilling adventure about a Navajo girl who discovers she's a monsterslayer.

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. When Dad disappears the next day, leaving behind a message that says "Run!", the siblings and Nizhoni's best friend, Davery, are thrust into a rescue mission, which can only be done with the help of Navajo gods, all disguised as quirky "rez" personalities. After a series of dangerous--and mind-bending--trials, Nizhoni, Mac, and Davery finally reach the sun god, who outfits them with the weapons they need to take down Mr. Charles and the ancient monsters he has unleashed. But it will take more than weapons for Nizhoni to become the hero she was destined to be....

©2020 Rebecca Roanhorse (P)2020 Listening Library

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Great Story (if you’re willing to take a 53-year-old white guy’s word for it)

To start with, Race to the Sun is a fun, engaging story of adventure, quest, and monster slaying for anyone, or at least anyone over eight or so willing to follow an 8 hour book.

As an adult who strongly believes that representation matters, this book goes beyond that.

The protagonist and narrator is a 13-year-old Navajo young lady, and her co-heroes are her 12-year-old brother and her Navajo/African American best friend. And, she struggles with her identity and loss, her friend is bookish, and her brother is an artist and fan of comics.

Children and adults, both Indian/Native American and other will find these heroes identifiable. And many will see heroes like them here for the first time.

Roanhorse also weaves aspects and characters from the Navajo legends and culture deftly into this story creating many interesting and likable allies and fearsome opponents.

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Such a wonderful read for Diné and all!

For Indigenous Peoples day (or any time) I highly recommend Race to the Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse!

A great piece of Indiginous Fiction full of Indigenous mythology and stories in a modern tale.

It is available on Audible, Kindle and via Amazon.

It is appropriate for mid grade kiddos, as well as readers of all ages, and has relatable as well as digestible experiences of being a native youth, sprinkled with exciting adventure.

The main Character is a young Diné 7th grader. She can see monsters, a skill passed down through generations of her Shimá's side. Now Nizhoni, her brother Mac and her best friend, Davery, are thrust into a rescue mission that they can only accomplish with the help of the Diné gods.

This is a wonderful Indigenous adventure story, filled with monsters, magic and myth. I can't recommend it more. A great story for those looking for Indigenous fiction and Indigenous authors, as well as those who just enjoy truely good writing!

It is incredibly Important to have Indigenous representation both for Indigenous children and all children to see we are alive, here and still possess rich and beautiful cultures. This story brings the Navajo people and Indigenous culture alive to Diné and all children and readers. I admit to crying as I watched my own Diné daughter, Shich'é'é Yázhí, light up hearing her laungauge and hearing about a Diné hero only a couple years older than herself.

Please give this story a listen and consider sharing it with any kiddos in your life.

Rebecca Roanhorse is a black/indigenous (Ohkay Owingeh) writer. Some of her other work includes Trail of Lightning and Storm of Locusts. She specializes in federal Indian and tribal law and lives in New Mexico with her Navajo husband and their daughter.

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a spectacularly fun adventure

Race to the Sun is an exciting imaginative adventure with sincere and memorable characters and necessary life lessons woven throughout like a beautiful Navajo tapestry.

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Great for the ride home each day

Great for the ride home each day i pick up my kids we were fully invested in the story and culture. Thank you

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Good for 7 & 10 yr olds

Fun story w lots of Navajo words and culture. Our girls loved it and honestly I listened to it with them and enjoyed it too!

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Grandmother here! Loved the story!

I bought this audiobook and the paperback book which I gave to my middle school grandchild. I enjoyed this in particular because we lived in Arizona years ago when my son was born and I really liked the land around the 4 corners states. So when the characters talk about New Mexico, Shiprock and Canyon de Chelly I could picture those places because we had visited them. It brought back great memories and reminded me of the Native American stories that I had loved. I can’t wait for Ronan to have time to read it too.

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Amazing!!

I don’t have any problems, it’s amazing and great!! - Lenna WOW!!
I can’t get off it!

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Great story, but wish it was longer

Great story. Feel like I should read it more than once to ensure I heard everything. Wish it was longer since I loved the world she created.

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Fun!

I'm indigenous and there are not a ton of books out there like this. I really enjoyed it.

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adventure thur Diné culture in a modern era

this story was easy to follow, got my 8 year old to take more interest and questions about his culture the Diné. Help me pass on everything I know. he wanted to know intend of my trying to get his interest