The Enchanted Life of Valentina Mejía

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$17.99  $16.73
Atheneum Books for Young Readers
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5.8 X 8.4 X 1.0 inches | 0.7 pounds

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About the Author
Alexandra Alessandri is the award-winning author of The Enchanted Life of Valentina Mejía, Isabel and Her Colores Go to School, and Feliz New Year, Ava Gabriela!. The daughter of Colombian immigrants, she is also a former associate professor of English, a writer for Curriculum Associates, and a poet. Alexandra lives in Florida with her husband and son.
"This non-stop adventure filled with mythological creatures and magical lands will excite readers and keep them turning the page."--Adrianna Cuevas, author of Pura Belpré Honor Book The Total Eclipse of Nestor Lopez and Cuba in My Pocket
"An absolute gem of a book that kept me on the edge of my seat. Readers will cheer this plucky Colombian girl as she navigates dangers, learns how the magical world connects to our own, and chooses kindness even at personal risk. The ending made my heart soar! Truly enchanting!"--Rebecca Balcárcel, author of Pura Belpré Honor Book The Other Half of Happy and Shine On, Luz Véliz!
* "With the action beginning on the first page, this fast-paced adventure set in a well-realized world will keep readers on their toes. Modern kids meet traditional tales with thrilling results."-- "Kirkus Reviews, starred review"
"Beautiful prose combines with gripping adventure in this magical ode to Colombia and its legends. Fans of Roseanne Brown's Serwa Boateng's Guide to Vampire Hunting (2022) and Zoraida Córdova's Valentina Salazar Is Not a Monster Hunter (2022) will adore this book, for both its mythic monsters and its plucky heroine."-- "Booklist"
"Alessandri expertly weaves an immersive tale bursting at the seams with folklore, enchantments, and spirit."-- "Publishers Weekly"
"Alessandri embeds Colombian folklore into a thrilling tale that centers sibling relationships, eco-justice, border crossing, and intergenerational family wounds. Readers who love mythology, adventure, and suspense will root for Valentina as she embarks on her hero's journey."-- "Horn Book"
"An exceptionally well-crafted story brimming with mythological creatures, captivating characters, and non-stop adventure. A wonderful book to be read by all!"--Christina Diaz Gonzalez, bestselling author of Invisible
"The Enchanted Life of Valentina Mejía is a fast-paced, epic adventure in a vivid, magical world. Readers will love rooting for Valentina to overcome her obstacles as they devour this enchanting tale."--Joy McCullough, award-winning author of Code Red and Not Starring Zadie Louise
* "Breathtaking. . . An homage both to [Colombia's] beauty and its legends, with a fantastical adventure that will leave readers wishing for more."-- "School Library Journal, starred review"
*Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2023*