Virtual Event: Tehlor Kay Mejia with Aiden Thomas — Paola Santiago and the Sanctuary of Shadows (A Paola Santiago Novel)

The series finale of our lovable, intrepid protagonist Paola Santiago diving into Mexican folklore and making discoveries both wonderous and fearsome.

Third Place Books welcomes acclaimed young adult author Tehlor Mejia for a discussion of Paola Santiago and the Sanctuary of Shadows, the thrilling conclusion to the Paola Santiago trilogy. She will be joined in conversation by Aiden Thomas, author of Cemetery Boys and the forthcoming The Sunbearer Trials.

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About Paola Santiago and the Sanctuary of Shadows. . .

Paola Santiago has recently returned from Oregon, where she defeated the Hitchhiker ghost and saved her father from the vengeful spirit that was possessing him. The poor girl deserves a rest! But first she has to rescue Dante from the void, where he’s been imprisoned by some unknown force. Even though Dante has turned against Pao, she can’t just leave him there—they’ve been friends for too long.

Paola’s prophetic dreams seem to have dried up, so she has to find other ways to locate a new rift where she can enter the void. Signs point to Texas—but how is she going to get there from Arizona? It just so happens that Emma’s new group of politically active friends, the Rainbow Rogues, are planning a field trip to San Antonio. It’s the perfect ruse for Paola, if she can stand being with the judgmental girls for that many days. . . .

Relying on her wits, training from the Ninos de la Luz, and the emotional support of her best friend Emma, Pao makes it into the void. Once there she must face down not just one but two enemies: El Cucuy, the bogeyman . . . and someone even scarier who looks a lot like Pao herself.

Praise for Paola Santiago. . .

"This fast-paced journey into Latinx folklore, with its clever protagonist, is sure to keep readers turning pages into the night."
Booklist (starred review)

"A new hero's fantastic and fantastical debut—her next appearance can't come soon enough."
Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Mejia draws upon her Latinx heritage to conjure creatures from folklore . . . and layer[s] in realistic plot points: socioeconomic and immigration concerns, the tension between science and superstition."
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"A clever, twisty, imaginative take on the ever-spooky folktale La Llorona. Filled with love and fear and courage. Readers will delight!"
—J.C. Cervantes, author of The Storm Runner

Tehlor Kay Mejia is an Oregon native in love with the alpine meadows and evergreen forests of her home state, where she lives with her daughter. She is the author of three middle grade titles about Paola Santiago: Paola Santiago and the River of TearsPaola Santiago and the Forest of Nightmares, and Paola Santiago and the Sanctuary of Shadows. Her short fiction appears in the All Out and Toil & Trouble anthologies from Harlequin Teen and The Cursed Carnival and Other Calamities from Rick Riordan Presents. She has also written two highly acclaimed YA novels, We Set the Dark on Fire and We Unleash the Merciless Storm. When she's not writing, you can find her plucking at her guitar, stealing rosemary sprigs from overgrown gardens, or trying to make the perfect vegan tamale. Follow her on Instagram @tehlorkay.

Aiden Thomas is a trans, Latinx, New York Times Bestselling Author with an MFA in Creative Writing from Mills College. Originally from Oakland, California, they now make their home in Portland, OR. Aiden is notorious for not being able to guess the endings of books and movies, and organizes their bookshelves by color.

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