Mañanaland|Pam Muñoz Ryan
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Newbery Honoree Pam Mu oz Ryan weaves an entrancing tale of courage and self-discovery.

Uniquely magical...Timely and timeless. -- New York Times* This tightly packed, powerful fantasy contains resonant truths. -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review* Another unforgettable work from a master storyteller. -- Booklist, starred review* Richly tiered... wrenchingly real...compelling. -- Publishers Weekly, starred reviewA gem of a story with timely messages. -- School Library JournalRich and relevant. -- The Horn BookA luminous embodiment of hope. -- Rita Williams-Garcia, Newbery Honor-winning author of One Crazy Summer and Clayton Byrd Goes UndergroundMa analand is that rare gift of a book. -- Francisco X. Stork, award-winning author of DisappearedMaximiliano C rdoba loves stories, especially the legend Buelo tells him about a mythical gatekeeper who can guide brave travelers on a journey into tomorrow.If Max could see tomorrow, he would know if he'd make Santa Maria's celebrated f tbol team and whether he'd ever meet his mother, who disappeared when he was a baby. He longs to know more about her, but Pap won't talk. So when Max uncovers a buried family secret--involving an underground network of guardians who lead people fleeing a neighboring country to safety--he decides to seek answers on his own.With a treasured compass, a mysterious stone rubbing, and Buelo's legend as his only guides, he sets out on a perilous quest to discover if he is true of heart and what the future holds.This timeless tale of struggle, hope, and the search for tomorrow has much to offer today about compassion and our shared humanity.


  • ISBN-13: 9781338157864
  • ISBN-10: 1338157868
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press
  • Publish Date: March 2020
  • Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.8 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.75 pounds
  • Page Count: 256
  • Reading Level: Ages 8-12


Newbery Honor author Pam Muñoz Ryan (Echo) demonstrates her ability to tell poignant adventure stories with Mañanaland, which is certain to become an instant classic. 

It’s the first day of summer break, and Max is full of the sweet anticipation of weekend visits to the local swimming hole and daily soccer drills to increase his chance of achieving the dream held by every young boy in the village of Santa Maria: making the fútbol team. But almost as soon as Max forms these plans, they begin to fade right before his eyes. His father won’t allow him to go to the elite fútbol clinic that all of his friends will be attending, and even worse, Max soon learns that the mother who left when he was a baby took his birth certificate with her, leaving him no way to register for the team. 

His dreams crumbling, Max takes drastic action and embarks on a quest to find his mother and set everything right. But his family history is not what he thought it was, and Max must uncover many secrets before he can return home. 

Ryan’s unadorned prose offers readers lush depictions of life in Max’s small village, which she populates with characters that spring instantly to life. Max is the kind of protagonist that readers love to root for, equipped with a good heart and growing emotionally along his journey. Though Mañanaland can feel a bit bittersweet at times, Ryan counterbalances this with heartening representations of kindness in the face of adversity and the courage required to live out that ideal.