Omega Morales and the Legend of La Lechuza by Laekan Zea Kemp
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy
Publishing Date: September 27, 2022
Fans of The Girl Who Drank the Moon, Paola Santiago and the River of Tears, and Disney’s Encanto will be captivated by this fantastical novel about a girl who must learn to trust her ancestral powers when she comes face-to-face with the Mexican legend La Lechuza.
Omega Morales’s family has been practicing magic for centuries in Noche Buena. But over the years, the town’s reputation for the supernatural is no longer one the people carry with pride. So Omega’s family keeps to themselves, and in private, they’re Empaths—diviners who can read and manipulate the emotions of people and objects around them. But Omega’s powers don’t quite work, and it leaves her feeling like an outsider in her own family.
When a witch with the power to transform herself into an owl—known in Mexican folklore as La Lechuza—shows up unannounced, Omega, her best friend Clau (who happens to be a ghost), and her cousin Carlitos must conduct a séance under a full moon in order to unravel the mystery of the legend.
Suddenly Omega’s magic begins to change, and the key to understanding her powers is more complicated than she thought. Omega will have to decide what’s more important—trusting the instincts of others or learning to trust in herself.
Content Warning: bullying and grief
About the Author:
Laekan Zea Kemp is a writer living in Austin, Texas. Her debut novel, Somewhere Between Bitter and Sweet was a 2021 Pura Belpré Honor Recipient. In addition to writing she’s also the creator and host of the Author Pep Talks podcast, as well as a contributor to the Las Musas podcast. She has three objectives when it comes to storytelling: to make people laugh, cry, and crave Mexican food. Her work celebrates Chicane grit, resilience, creativity, and joy while exploring themes of identity and mental health.
Oh my days am I so glad i signed up for this tour as this book is SPECIAL in so many ways. First off the book title gives off a spooky feel to it and then you are drawn into researching what a La Lechuza is and then being drawn in. I know I googled and was captivated.
Our main Character is Omega who has a very close family and showed in their interactions. Then you had Clau the family ghost.
I am not going to say anymore about the book but I will say it is not just a fantasy other subjects of bullying and grief are beautifully covered.
If you want some spook in your life with a strong family and friends mixed with comic moments then this is 100% your book and you should read it immediately.
I am hoping for some more of the wonderful Omega Morales and when we do I will be auto buying it. For all these reasons I am giving Omega Morales and the Legend of La Lechuza 5 big fat stars