Lalani of the Distant Sea
Newbery Medal winner Erin Entrada Kelly (Hello, Universe) makes her fantasy debut with Lalani of the Distant Sea, a Fall 2019 Kids' Indie Next title, about a young girl who makes the deadly decision to try to rescue her community.
The Sanlagitans live under Mount Kahna's "shadow of vengeance, impatience, and fear." Across the Veiled Sea, "bathed in light" and offering "all of life's good fortunes" is Mount Isa. No human has ever actually "laid eyes on her," but "the Sanlagitans are certain the mountain calls to them. They die trying to answer." Lalani, a Sanlagitan girl, has no intentions of setting off on a journey to save her home, but when she wanders into Kahna's woods, consequences, danger and magic find her. Inspired by Filipino folktales, Lalani of the Distant Sea brims with injustice, beauty, pain and wonder. Kelly's work is fluid and intentional, grounded strongly in emotional reality and overflowing with the fantastic. Absolutely bewitching. --Siân Gaetano, children's and YA editor, Shelf Awareness