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Maya and the Rising Dark

By: Rena Barron

Twelve-year-old Maya is the only one in her South Side Chicago neighborhood who witnesses weird occurrences like werehyenas stalking the streets at night and a scary man made of shadows plaguing her dreams. Her friends try to find an explanation—perhaps a ghost uprising or a lunchroom experiment gone awry. But to Maya, it sounds like something from one of Papa’s stories or her favorite comics.

When Papa goes missing, Maya is thrust into a world both strange and familiar as she uncovers the truth. Her father is the guardian of the veil between our world and the Dark—where an army led by the Lord of Shadows, the man from Maya’s nightmares, awaits. Maya herself is a godling, half orisha and half human, and her neighborhood is a safe haven. But now that the veil is failing, the Lord of Shadows is determined to destroy the human world and it’s up to Maya to stop him. She just hopes she can do it in time to attend Comic-Con before summer’s over.

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ISBN: 9781328635181

JLG Release: Oct 2020

Sensitive Areas: Violence: Mild Violence , Language: Mild Language , Language: Infrequent Use

Fantasy and magic , Missing persons , African Americans , West African myths , Action and adventure

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Book Details



First Release

October 2020



Dewey Classification


Trim Size

8 3/10" x 5 1/2"

Page Count


Accelerated Reader


Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 4.4; Points: 16;


Level 720L


Print Book


Hardcover edition


Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Violence: Mild Violence , Language: Mild Language , Language: Infrequent Use


Fantasy and magic, Missing persons, African Americans, West African myths, Action and adventure,

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Book Genres

Adventure, Fantasy

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