Life is difficult on the island of Sanlagita. To the west looms a vengeful mountain, one that threatens to collapse and bury the village at any moment. To the north, a dangerous fog swallows sailors who dare to venture out, looking for a more hospitable land. And what does the future hold for young girls? Chores and more chores.
When Lalani Sarita's mother falls gravely ill, twelve-year-old Lalani faces an impossible task — she must leave Sanlagita and find the riches of the legendary Mount Isa, which towers on an island to the north. But generations of men and boys have died on the same quest — how can an ordinary girl survive the epic tests of the archipelago? And how will she manage without Veyda, her best friend? Inspired by Filipino folklore, this engrossing fantasy about bravery, friendship, self-reliance, and the choice between accepting fate or forging your own path is perfect for readers who loved Grace Lin's Where the Mountain Meets the Moon and Disney's Moana.
"Entrada intersperses second-person narratives that describe the mountain’s many fantastical creatures ('Imagine you are a weeping loset'), weaving adventure and magic into the story. Unlikely but determined heroine Lalani is lovably loyal, kind-hearted, and optimistic even as she faces unspeakable dangers, and her relentless spirit makes her a worthy protagonist in this triumphant tale about fighting for the people one loves and staying true to oneself." — Publishers Weekly
|Recommended Age||9 - 12|
|Author||Erin Entrada Kelly|
|Publication Date||Sep 3, 2019|