Caris Avendaño Cruz
Marikit and the Ocean of Stars
Inspired by Filipino folklore, the middle grade fantasy follows 11-year-old Marikit and her firefly companion as she sets off on her Diwata's Journey through the world of nature spirits, or Engkantos.
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: October 18, 2022
"Cruz has woven a constellation of folklore, love and whimsy to create a tender, glimmering tale that is sure to be an enduring classic. Destined to be a star on every shelf." ―Roshani Chokshi, New York Times bestselling author of the Pandava series
"Radiant and lyrical. Marikit and the Ocean of Stars is woven with love, each line shimmering with beautiful words, forming a timeless story that will find a place in readers' hearts." ―Julie Abe, author of the Eva Evergreen series
"Marikit and the Ocean of Stars is rich and magical, full of heart and imagination. A must-read for fans of mythical creatures, magical gods, and marvelous monsters." ―Erin Entrada Kelly, winner of the 2018 Newbery Medal for Hello Universe and 2021 Newbery Honor for We Dream of Space
“Marikit and the Ocean of Stars is a stunning, lyrical, and magical tale that is sure to become a new favorite....A remarkable debut.” ―Alex Aster, award-winning author of the Emblem Island series
"Full of rich detail and a tremendous heart, Marikit's whimsical, immersive adventure is an absolute delight." ―Amanda Foody, New York Times bestselling author of Wilderlore
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Caris Avendaño Cruz lives in Bulacan, Philippines and always carries a pen. She works as a copywriter for internet brands and cool businesses. However, her favorite things to write are magical stories featuring kids of color. When not plotting her next adventure (usually fictional!), she is most likely watching cooking show reruns, listening to instrumental music, or tweeting. She looks after a fluffy dog and a bundle of cats named after funny things. All of them share a collective love for napping.
Tags: Middle Grade, Fantasy, BIPOC