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Day 31: Horror, Paranormal & Gothic

It’s the last day of Hispanic Heritage Month, and I have enjoyed sharing these books by Latina/o/x authors with you!

Now for some scary reads for Halloween…in these pages you will find ghosts, Afro-Caribbean witchcraft, grindhouse-style torture, and vampires vampires vampires!

Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia. Vampires in Mexico City!

certain dark things

Fever Dream by Samanta Schweblin. Translated by Megan McDowell. A ghost story/psychological thriller by an Argentine author.

fever dream

Lost in the Light by Mary Castillo. First in a paranormal mystery series.

lost in the light

Outside the Bones by Lyn Di Iorio. A New Yorker bruja gets involved with Palo Monte, the Afro-Caribbean practice of controlling spirits in cauldrons.

outside the bones

The Nymphos of Rocky Flats by Mario Acevedo. The first in his vampire detective series.

nymphos of

Miss Massacre’s Guide to Murder and Vengeance by Michael Paul Gonzalez. A revenge story.

miss massacre's guide

Happy Hour at Casa Dracula by Marta Acosta. First in this funny, romantic series.

happy hour


Day 30: Picture Books

To share with the little ones. The illustrator websites are especially cool!

Lucía the Luchadora by Cynthia Leonor Garza and illustrated by Alyssa Bermudez.

lucia the luchadora

Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos by Monica Brown and illustrated by John Parra.

frida kahlo

All the Way to Havana by Margarita Engle and illustrated by Mike Curato.

all the way to havana

Dreamers by Yuyi Morales.


Mamá the Alien/Mamá la Extraterrestre by René Colato Laínez and illustrated by Laura Lacámara. Bilingual!

mama the alien

Los Gatos Black on Halloween by Marisa Montes and illustrated by Yuyi Morales. Bilingual!

los gatos black

Alma and How She Got Her Name by Juana Martinez-Neal.


Carmela by Matt de la Peña and illustrated by Christian Robinson.


Danza!: Amalia Hernández and Mexico’s Folkloric Ballet by Duncan Tonatiuh.


Bookjoy, Wordjoy by Pat Mora and illustrated by Raúl Colón.



Day 29: Fantasy Middle Grade

There seem to be far fewer fantasy titles in the MG space than realistic/contemporary ones. Más, please!

The Storm Runner by J.C. Cervantes. A boy with a volcano in his backyard discovers he is part of an ancient Mayan prophecy.

storm runner

Love Sugar Magic by Anna Meriano. First of a duology. A Texan girl discovers her family’s bakery is not what it seems.

love sugar magic

Dactyl Hill Squad by Daniel José Older. Dinosaurs in New York, during the Civil War?!

dactyl hill squad

The Smoking Mirror by David Bowles. First in a trilogy. Twins, who are also naguales/shapeshifters, must travel to the underworld to save their mother.

smoking mirror

Moving Target by Christina Diaz Gonzalez. An American girl studying in Rome discovers she is a member of an ancient bloodline, and the target of a secret organization.

moving target



Day 28: Realistic Middle Grade Books

So many awesome middle grade books are out too! These are realistic, mostly contemporary fiction. Fantasy titles to follow tomorrow. Enjoy!

Lucky Broken Girl by Ruth Behar. New York City, 1960s.

lucky broken girl

The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Pérez.

first rule of

Tight by Torrey Maldonado.


Merci Suárez Changes Gears by Meg Medina.

merci suarez

Marcus Vega Doesn’t Speak Spanish by Pablo Cartaya.

marcus vega

Lucky Luna by Diana López.

lucky luna

Me, Frida, and the Secret of the Peacock Ring by Angela Cervantes.

me frida

The Distance Between Us by Reyna Grande. The middle grade adaptation of her memoir about crossing the Mexican border.

distance between us



Day 27: Young Adult (Part Two)

In honor of National Coming Out Day (it’s the 30th year anniversary!), here’s a list of young adult novels by LGBTQ authors and/or with LGBTQ characters.

Blanca & Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore. Snow-White & Rose-Red meets Swan Lake.  McLemore identifies as queer.

blanca & roja

Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera. Not published as YA exactly, but about a 19-year-old Puerto Rican girl who comes out to her family.

juliet takes a break

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera. Two young men spend their End Day together.

they both die

Chulito by Charles Rice-Gonzalez. A coming out love story set in the South Bronx.


Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova, the first in the Brooklyn Bruja series. The main character, who comes from a long line of brujas, is bisexual. (I posted the second in the series yesterday.)

labyrinth lost


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