Las sombras: Thrilling New Reader for Spanish Class for Upper-Levels

Teachers have been waiting…

I am a Spanish teacher that has utilized your novels in my Spanish class.  I am wondering where I may purchase “Las Sombras”? – Teacher 

Could you please tell me when “Las Sombras” will be available for purchase? – Teacher 

I am in the process of purchasing a bundle pack for your site. I love these mini-series starting with Las Aparencias. However, I can not find Las Sombra anywhere. I am so excited to start using your novels. I have used several novels prior and your supportive material is going to reignite the students. Thank you for your vision. – Teacher 

 I have ordered your first two series novels (El Armario & Las Apariencias) and will get them on Tuesday. Just out of curiosity, when will Las Sombras be released? – Teacher 

Las sombras

Download the preview here!

Click here to get the book on Amazon

Well, teachers, the wait is over! Las sombras is finally here! After working, reworking the storyline for the past two years, and I thrilled to be adding this new level 3+ novel to the already amazing collection of Comprehensible Input literature for language learners (link to other novels here). This book is part of the series “Las apariencias enganan,” which includes “El armario.” Las sombras is the third and culminating installment of the series.  

As with most books in my collection of series, this novel can be read as a standalone, meaning that critical elements of the previous two books were carefully interwoven into the narrative, thus making it familiar to those students who are fans of the series, and accessible new students who start with this book. I’d venture to say that  Las sombras is probably more of a standalone book than its precursors because it introduces new characters (without eclipsing the characters we’d come to love and hate!), new scenes, and new challenges. These new characters are introduced in the beginning and play a central as a role in the phenomenon that is sweeping the town. They join the cast characters met in the previous two books: 

  • Camilo- the cheating boyfriend and Juan’s best friend
  • Juan- Liliana’s boyfriend 
  • Luciano- Camilo’s mysterious father/ mad scientist who has a penchant for collaborating with alien-like forces 
  • Salomé- Camilo’s ex-girlfriend 
  • Liliana- Salomé ex-best friend, Juan’s girlfriend and Camilo’s “amor prohibido” (who also witnessed some disturbing events in Camilo’s house. Can you guess who is after her? You’ve got it! Luciano!). 
  • Nico-  She shape-shifting hybrid (but, who’s side is he really on?)
  • A spattering of alien language, but it’s all good. There are footnotes, so students can see what these beings are up to!

* I include a pictorial synopsis of these crazy relationships in chapter 2! 

 Students who follow the series will see old wounds exposed, and new alliances formed from the unlikeliest people as those characters seek to defeat a new enemy. 

New look, same great series! 

Las sombras has a slightly different look from the other books as well. The pictures have more of a graphic quality to them, and the scenes are much more detailed, allowing students to experience the book through multiple modalities. See example below: 

Interior artwork 

Scene: Salomé and Camilo (unlikely alliance for sure!) walk through the forest looking for clues… what they don’t know is that someone or something is lurking behind them. 

Read & Engage 

Since engaging in Free Choice Reading more regularly, I felt that there was a need to include more discussion type questions in the book. My students crave space to discuss their books with their friends, and I wanted to bring this level of discussion to the book. Click here to see my video on Literary Book Talks in level 1. Therefore, the newest addition to this series is the Read & Engage format, which is discussed below. 

Questions and writing prompts have been included at the end of most chapters to further engage students as they read. Teachers can decide to use these as assignments, literature circle prompts, or maybe even a guide for Literary Book Talks.  Students may use these prompts to recall information and/or give their opinion of the story. Several questions prompt students to think about what they would some of the sticky situations. This gives them an opportunity to empathize with the characters, use specific communication functions, and think outside of the box.   

Two For The Price Of One!

Originally, there were going to be a total of four books in the series. However, both concepts were seamlessly integrated into Las sombras. To this end, the book has a part 1 and part 2 (the continuation of the story, there is no conceptual break).  

Are you ready for a taste of this new sci-fi thriller? See the book trailer below.

Also, download the preview of the first three chapters. 


Download the preview here!

Click here to get the book on Amazon 
Teaching Materials 

Teacher Guide Mini- Will be available at the beginning of September. This will include the following:


  • Book Trailer (to garner interest)
  • Additional Chapter Questions
  • Free Choice Reading Guide 
  • Task cards for discussions 
  • Picture Talk Material 

MORE Comprehensive Teaching materials should be completed by the beginning of the Fall semester (end of July/August).  

Where can I get this book? 

Click here to get the book on Amazon (Individual copies)

Novels & Resources by A.C. Quintero (Bundles)

Books by A.C. Quintero are also sold at: 


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