Vincent Ventura and the Mystery of the Witch Owl / Vincent Ventura y el misterio de la bruja lechuza
by Xavier Garza
Publication Date: October 31, 2019
Format: Trade Paperback
Imprint: Piñata Books
Vincent Ventura wakes up one night to the sound of screeching tires outside his bedroom window. He looks out and sees a man and a girl about his age rush into the rent house at 666 Duende Street. Before closing the front door, the man scans the sky as if he’s looking for something. Oddly, they don’t turn on any lights and the house remains pitch black, as if no one were home.
Suddenly, Vincent notices something white in the tree in front of the house. Is it … a blanket? But when it spreads its wings, he realizes it’s an enormous white owl! Two more land in the tree. And when the three owls land on the ground as women dressed in black, he knows there’s another monster mystery to solve!
That week in art class, Vincent meets his mysterious new neighbor, Zulema Ortiz. She’s obsessed with drawing owls. A coincidence? Vincent thinks not. He also notices she has the unusual habit of turning her entire head to look at things, just like owls do. When she tells him they are from a city in Mexico known as the witchcraft capital of the world, Vincent is even more convinced there are witch owls roosting in nearby trees!
Once again enlisting the aid of his cousins Michelle and Bobby, monster fighter extraordinaire Vincent Ventura is determined to get to the bottom of the puzzle surrounding his unusual new friend. The second installment in Garza’s exciting new Monster Fighter Mystery series, this bilingual book for intermediate readers also contains the author’s dramatic black and white illustrations. This spine-tingling short novel introducing Latino creepy creatures to kids ages 8-12 is sure to thrill a new generation of readers!