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
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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