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Adapted from Her Musical with Raíces Theatre Company

The Magical Closet


In this enchanting, middle-grade novel by María Pérez-Gómez, three siblings are magically transported from their closet in Buffalo, New York, to their homeland of Puerto Rico, where they must uncover their family’s secret past and save the rainforest from desolation.

All Luca wants is to go back to Puerto Rico where everything was perfect, and their Dad was still with them.

After their Papi passes away, siblings Luca, Magia, and Mateo move with their Mami from their beloved Puerto Rico to Buffalo, NY. They miss their Papi and their homeland. So when a mysterious song from their past calls out to them from their closet, they follow it. Within moments, they find themselves in the middle of the mystical El Yunque rainforest—not as kids, but as a rooster, a frog, and a pig!

Benjamin Franklin Award Recipient

The siblings soon realize that they weren’t transported by accident—someone or something brought them to help Puerto Rico after not one but two hurricanes devastated the island. Along with Pito the Parrot, Guanito the Iguana, and other rainforest creatures, Luca and his siblings must solve the secret to renewing hope and healing for everyone on the island. But to do so, they must discover their own magical powers and get the help of the Sleeping Giant, a folk hero that no one has ever seen.



  • Two original songs that readers can access through scannable QR codes

  • Translations of Spanish words, phrases, and cultural concepts

At a Glance

Discover "The Magical Closet Mystery"

An Interview with

María Pérez-Gomez

The Magical Closet

A Live Reading

Raíces Presents:

A Virtual Staged Reading of El Closet Mágico


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Meet The Author

María Pérez - Gómez

María is many things: writer, performer, singer, sister, wife, mother, and now author.


But to her, The Magical Closet Mystery is so much more than a book or play.

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