Race to the Sun

Race to the Sun

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. Nizhoni knows he's a threat, but her father won't believe her.

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 that can only be accomplished with the help of Diné Holy People, all disguised as quirky characters. Their aid will come at a price: the kids must pass a series of trials in which it seems like nature itself is out to kill them. If Nizhoni, Mac, and Davery can reach the House of the Sun, they will be outfitted with what they need to defeat the ancient monsters Mr. Charles has unleashed. But it will take more than weapons for Nizhoni to become the hero she was destined to be . . .

Timeless themes such as the importance of family and respect for the land resonate in this funny, fast-paced, and exciting quest adventure set in the American Southwest.

Title:Race to the Sun
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781368024662
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    Race to the Sun Reviews

  • Rick Riordan

    Changing Woman. Rock Crystal Boy. The Glittering World. The Hero Twins. If those names don’t ring a bell, you’ve been missing out on some of the coolest mythology anywhere. (And as always, when I ...

  • megs_bookrack

    **3.5-stars rounded up**When Nizhoni Begay notices a mysterious man in the bleachers at her Junior High basketball game, she can't take her eyes off him. So much so, she misses the game winning shot! ...

  • Mara

    What a warm hug of a book! This is the kind of middle grade fantasy I love- imaginative world building, solid characters with age appropriate motivations, lots of emphasis on relationships with family...

  • Bethany

    Actual Rating: 4.5 starsIf you are looking for a fun, middle grade fantasy adventure with monsters, mythology, and #ownvoices Native American representation, then look no further! Race to the Sun by R...

  • Melanie  Brinkman

    We are heroes, but maybe we just don't know it yet.Nizhoni is just your normal 7th grader. But lately she's started seeing monsters, like the one attending her basketball game, like the one that turns...

  • Lata

    This was fun, and though I kept thinking as I was reading that Nizhoni Begay was was an ancestor of Maggie Hoskie (of Rebecsa Roanhorse's The Sixth World series) because of her monster-related abiliti...

  • Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard

    Okay so full disclosure that I am not an unbiased reviewer.I literally spend my days trying to find books for unserved Indigenous communities AND OH MY GOD THERE IS LIKE NOTHING OUT THERE! Now I don't...

  • Mila

    This was a really fun story that also opened up a whole new world of Navajo mythology to me. I liked all the main characters, especially Nizhoni. I only wish the book was longer because the finale was...

  • Brigid

    Reviewed at the Alliterates: Race to the Sun review “Who you are is always enough.”  Nizhoni is in love with spaghetti, her Frank Waln shirt, and she has an incurable desire to be internet f...

  • Lisa Wolf

    What fun! Race to the Sun is the middle grade children’s adventure novel that we absolutely needed!Written by the talented Rebecca Roanhorse, Race to the Sun uses Navajo mythology in an epic quest f...