Rooting this intricately built debut in Filipino culture and folklore, Avendaño Cruz conjures a smartly pitched fairy tale quest for fans of Catherynne M. Valente’s Fairyland series. Publishers Weekly
With a plethora of fantasy novels geared to middle grades, this one stands out due to its beautiful exploration of Filipino culture and lyrical prose. School library journal Marikit and the Ocean of Stars is also a Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection.
I had the pleasure of talking with 14-year-old podcaster and writer in her own right Anika Goyal for an episode of her weekly Season 1 Book Club. We talked about Marikit, the true meaning of beauty, publishing, and reading mean reviews. Listen to our conversation here:
Like Alice stumbling down the rabbit hole, Marikit has memorable adventures that help her find her place in the world. A perfect read-alike for fans of Grace Lin’s Where the Mountain Meets the Moon (2009) and Erin Entrada Kelly’s Lalani of the Distant Sea (2019). Booklist
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