Today, Musa Alexandra Alessandri is thrilled to share the cover reveal for her Middle Grade debut, The Enchanted Life of Valentina Mejía! Scroll on to learn more about the book in Alessandra's own words!
It's here!! Dana SanMar--the illustrator of Karla Valenti's Loteria, Elaine Dimopoulos' Turn the Tide, and Megan Shull's upcoming Billion Dollar Girl--has created the most perfect cover for The Enchanted Life of Valentina Mejía, my debut MG which releases from Atheneum/Simon & Schuster on February 21, 2023!
I'm thrilled to be able to share the cover with you! But first, here's a little about the book straight from Simon & Schuster:
Encanto meets The Chronicles of Narnia in this middle grade fantasy adventure. To save their father’s life, a brother and sister must journey across a land full of mythical creatures and find the most powerful and dangerous of them all: the madremonte.
I'm so excited about this story, which is equal parts a love letter to Colombia and an ode to the magic and the stories I grew up with. It's a sibling story but also a cautionary tale about the dangers we're doing to our earth through deforestation, hunting, and pollution. The Enchanted Life of Valentina Mejía pays homage to Colombia’s incredible biodiversity, and while it’s a fantasy adventure, both the real and imaginary worlds include many of Colombia’s fauna and flora, some which are vulnerable and endangered. You'll find capybaras (or chugüiros) giant armadillos, sloths, Noble Leafwing Butterflies, Scarlet-thighed Dacnis, pink river dolphins, labios de mujer (Psychotria Elata), wax palms, hanging lobster claws, ceibas, and so many more.
You'll also find places that were directly inspired by many of Colombia's gorgeous and varied landscapes, like los llanos orientales, the Andes, the salt mines of Zipaquirá, Caño Cristales, the Amazon River, and so many others.
And of course, you'll be introduced to many of the legends that are whispered about through Colombia, including the madremonte.
Without further ado, here’s the cover!
Isn't it gorgeous?! Thank you, Dana, for creating this enchanting cover and to Debra Sfetsios-Conover for the beautiful jacket design!
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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.
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