Tehlor Kay Mejia’s critically acclaimed novel Paola Santiago and the River of Tears is headed to our screens thanks to Disney+.
Writer Kevin Rodriguez, Eva Longoria’s UnbeliEVAble Entertainment, and 20th Television will be developing the series for Disney+ as one of the platform’s selection of new original programming for kids, teen, and families. Mejia is also set to executive produce, granting peace of mind to fans of the book.
Mejia’s novel, published by Disney-Hyperion under the Rick Riordan Presents imprint, is a fantasy/adventure story that explores Latin folklore. Paola Santiago and the River of Tears reimagines a known legend/mythology, La Llorana (the Weeping Woman), through the eyes of a teenage Paola Santiago. Santiago has always relied on hard science and logic to guide her way through the world, unlike her mother, who believes in magic. However, that all changes when folklore becomes fact and Paola’s best friend goes missing, and to save her Paola has to enter a world that defies both logic and legend facing monsters and spirits steeped in Latin folklore.
Paola Santiago and the River of Tears is the first book in a series consisting of three books, the third of which is set to be released in August of this year. So, if this series gets off to a successful start, fans certainly have hope for more seasons to come.