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 Lalani of the distant sea
 Author: Kelly, Erin Entrada

 Publisher:  Greenwillow Books (2019)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 384 p.,  21 cm

 BTSB No: 512783 ISBN: 9780062747273
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Villages -- Fiction
 Sex role -- Fiction
 Adventure fiction
 Fantasy fiction

Price: $21.38

Twelve-year-old Lalani Sarita takes on the impossible task of traveling to the legendary Mount Isa, towering on an island to the north. Generations of men and boys have died on the same quest--how can a timid young girl in a tiny boat survive the epic tests of the archipelago?

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 4.40
   Points: 7.0   Quiz: 504302
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 6-8
   Reading Level: 3.40
   Points: 14.0   Quiz: 77508

   Kirkus Reviews (+) (07/01/19)
   School Library Journal (08/01/19)
   Booklist (+) (06/01/19)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/09/19)
 The Hornbook (+) (00/11/19)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 06/01/2019 *Starred Review* On the island of Sanlagita, the strongest men have always sailed north in search of fabled Mount Isa. It is said that there are riches at Isa’s peak, chief among them a yellow flower that can cure disease. All her life, 12-year-old Lalani has watched the sailors leave—including her own father—only for them never to return. When Sanlagita is beset by calamities—first a drought, then torrential rains, and finally illness befalling Lalani's mother—Lalani finds inspiration in the tales of Ziva, the precocious girl who long ago dared to stow away on a ship bound for Isa. Stealing a boat, Lalani sets sail hoping against hope that the smallest and least imposing of Sanlagita’s sailors can be the greatest of all. Inspired by Filipino folklore, Newbery Award winner Kelly has woven her narrative with a mythology that is rich and delicious; it is also one fraught with peril. As Lalani journeys closer to Isa, she encounters the lethal flora and fauna that have bested the sailors who came before her. In true storytelling fashion, each of these creatures is given its own story and history, bringing the entire tale to life. By the end, readers will be cheering for Lalani in her unlikely quest to save her family and friends, using only the power of her wits, courage, and empathy.HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Kelly's first novel since her best-selling, Newbery Award–winning Hello, Universe (2017) will make quite a splash with her many fans and possibly hook devotees of Disney's Moana. - Copyright 2019 Booklist.

School Library Journal - 08/01/2019 Gr 5–8—Lalani Sarita must leave her home on Sanlagita Island in search of solutions to the struggles of her family and friends. After her mother falls ill and a devastating landslide wreaks havoc that leaves the island leaderless, Lalani feels responsible as she's the one who approached their cursed mountain and wished for rain. She sets out to find the island of Isa, which legend says will provide the help Sanlagita so desperately needs. But dozens of sailors have been sent to find Isa previously and never returned. After Lalani leaves, her friend Veyda and her brother Hetsbi, and the other islanders struggle to survive. Lalani has no idea the dangers she is up against just trying to cross the Veiled Sea, let alone what faces her should she reach Isa. But she's determined to find help for her loved ones and make up for her mistakes—and her pure motives may just be enough to carry her through. Kelly's beautifully rendered novel leaves readers with much to ponder. The tale has themes of good and evil, hope and despair, and finding the courage to bring change to old traditions. Lalani's story is intertwined with the tales of those around her, human and creature alike. All of these eventually culminate into a journey illustrating the importance of story and the power of faith and hope. VERDICT A first purchase where books such as Kelly Barnhill's The Girl Who Drank the Moon are popular.—Heidi Grange, Summit Elementary School, Smithfield, UT - Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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