Hello Gemmies! I have a new cover reveal to share with you today. Loteria by Karla Arenas Valenti is a new middle grade fantasy novel. This captivating magical realist adventure is based on the Mexican Lotería card game. Loteria is appropriate for grade levels 3- 7. This book sounds super fun and I cannot wait to read it!
Synopsis for Loteria from Goodreads:
A perilous game of chance.
A journey among myths and monsters.
A girl whose fate hangs in the balance...
It is the hottest hour of the hottest day in Oaxaca City when Life and Death walk into town, ready to begin a new game of la Lotería. But first, they need a pawn, a child whose fate will be determined by the winner of the game: a long and prosperous life or an untimely death. Fate finds this child in a robin-egg blue house, tucked beneath a massive jacaranda tree. And so, the game begins.
Every card reveals a new twist in Clara's fate: a tree, a scorpion, a fateful arrow, a mermaid, a deer, a treacherous rose. But Clara knows none of this. All she knows is that her cousin Esteban has vanished, and she’ll do whatever it takes to save him, traveling to the mythical Kingdom of Las Pozas in her search. And although it seems her fate was sealed as soon as the cards were dealt, Clara just might have what it takes to shatter the game and choose a new path.
Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers, Loteria, will release September 07, 2021 and is available for pre-order from all major booksellers. Are you looking forward to reading this book? Let me know by leaving a comment below. Happy Reading!