Pilar Ramirez and the Escape from Zafa


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$16.99  $15.80
Henry Holt & Company
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5.7 X 8.4 X 1.2 inches | 0.8 pounds

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About the Author

Julian Randall is a Living Queer Black poet from Chicago. His poetry and essays are published in the New York Times Magazine, POETRY, The Atlantic, and Vibe. He is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize. Julian holds an MFA in Poetry from Ole Miss. His first book, Refuse, won the Cave Canem Poetry Prize and was a finalist for an NAACP Image Award. He was also a contributor to the #1 New York Times-bestseller Black Boy Joy. Julian has previously worked as a youth mentor, teaching writing workshops to children on house arrest. Pilar Ramirez and the Escape from Zafa is his debut children's novel.


A New England Independent Book Association's Spring 2022 Windows & Mirrors List Pick
A Washington Post 2022 Summer Book Club Pick

"A breathtaking journey through a world teeming with fantasy and history--readers better hold on tight as Pilar swings into her next adventure." --Kwame Mbalia, New York Times bestselling author of the Tristan Strong series

"Randall takes history and myth and weaves a tight fantasy that is as funny as it is poignant. This novel is sure to delight and awe." --Elizabeth Acevedo, National Book Award Winner

* "Magic awaits around every corner in Zafa. Nonstop action and plenty of heart create a story worth escaping into." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review

* "Fusing a vibrant, self-assured narrative voice; subtly wrought intergenerational concerns; and rich, Dominican-inspired worldbuilding, Randall creates an undeniable page-turner." --Publisher's Weekly, starred review

* "Pilar is fierce, honest, and funny, a heroine readers are sure to love. Action-packed and engaging from start to finish, this is a great next read for fans of Rick Riordan and Alane Adams." -School Library Journal, starred review

"I love this book so much. Julian Randall is a brilliant, refreshing new voice in young people's literature and he has imbued this story with a whole mountain of love, humor, honesty, and adventure. ¡Pa'lante!" --Daniel José Older, New York Times bestselling author

"Incredible voice that jumps right off the page. Pilar is the hilarious hero we need right now. My Dominican heart BURST reading this story, but in the best way." --Claribel A. Ortega, author of Ghost Squad

"A superb addition to the fantasy genre, particularly those grounded in world history." --Booklist