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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Laura Resau Narrator: Christian Barillas, Thom Rivera Publisher: Scholastic Inc Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2015 ISBN: 9780545921183
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Nothing exciting happens on the Hill of Dust, in the remote mountains of Mexico in the 1950s. There's no electricity, no plumbing, no cars, just day after day of pasturing goats. And now, without his sister and mother, eleven-year-old Teo's life feels even more barren. And then one day, the mysterious young Esma, who calls herself the Gypsy Queen of Lightning, rolls into town like a fresh burst of color. Against all odds, her caravan's Mistress of Destiny predicts that Teo and Esma will be longtime friends. Suddenly, life brims with possibility. With the help of a rescued duck, a three-legged skunk, a blind goat, and other allies, Teo and Esma must overcome obstacles-even death-to fulfill their impossible destiny. Inspired by true stories derived from rural Mexico, The Lightning Queen offers a glimpse of the encounter between two fascinating but marginalized cultures--the Rom and the Mixtec Indians--while telling the heart-warming story of an unlikely friendship that spans generations.
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  • “This vibrant, intergenerational tale is nothing short of magical.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • * "This vibrant, intergenerational tale is nothing short of magical. Kirkus Reviews, starred review

    * "Powerful and wonderful. The lush sentences and endearing characters make this audiobook an essential purchase.
  • “If books were written in black and white, The Lightning Queen would be written in color. The diverse characters, heartbreaking events, and historical and present-day backdrops are excellently executed.”

    School Library Journal (starred review)

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About the Author
Author Laura Resau
Laura Resau is the author of several acclaimed novels, including Star in the Forest, The Queen of the Water, Red Glass and What the Moon Saw. She is also the author of the acclaimed notebook series, which includes: The Indigo Notebook, The Ruby Notebook, and The Jade Notebook.  Laura’s books  have gathered many state and library awards, as well as multiple starred reviews. The Lightning Queen is drawn from Laura’s experience of living in rural Mexico. She lives in Fort Collins, Colorado.
About the Narrator

Christian Barillas is an actor based in Los Angeles with credits in theater, film, and television. His professional career began with Center Theater Group’s A Very Old Man With Enourmous Wings, a short story by Gabriel García Márquez. He then appeared in several productions in and around Los Angeles including As You Like ItSonia Flew, and A Christmas Carol. On television, Christian is perhaps most recognizable as “Ronaldo” on Modern Family, where he appears opposite Tony winner and Emmy nominee Nathan Lane.