Doña Quixote: Rise of the Knight

Holt. Sept. 2023. 240p. Tr $22.99. ISBN 9781250795472; pap. $14.99. ISBN 9781250795526.
Gr 4-8–The tale of Don Quixote gets a modern twist in this adventurous graphic novel. Lucia has struggled to grow up without the grandfather she trusted to save the day, who everyone else thought was Abuelo Loco. When she discovers her grandfather’s magical helmet in the attic, her life heads for major chaos. Now that she can see supernatural creatures, she’s got a ghost lady telling her what to do, flying creatures to tackle, and a mysterious arch being built by the mayor to unlock. A coming-of-age tale that’s all about adventure and learning to be proud of yourself, this middle grade novel features an eager, relatable character. Terciero’s love for adaptation and bringing the classics to new audiences is well-matched by Magaña’s illustration style, especially in the more fantastical scenes. No Quixotic knowledge required to enjoy.
VERDICT For fans of adaptations, fantasy-adjacent graphic novels, and authors like Kat Leyh, Terry Catasús Jennings, and Colleen AF Venable.

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