Karla Arenas Valenti
Born: Mexico City, Mexico
Connection to Illinois: Valenti currently resides in the Chicagoland area. Biography: Karla Arenas Valenti writes stories for and about kids, taking readers on journeys steeped in magical realism and philosophical questions. Her storytelling is heavily influenced by her Mexican heritage and layered with ideas and concepts she's picked up in her many travels around the world.
- LoterÍa Drew Barrymore Show spotlight (Jan 2022) A Mighty Girl’s 2021 Best Books of the Year (Jan 2022) PEOPLE’s Pick for Best Children’s Books 2021 (Dec 2021) Entertainment Weekly – 2021 Best Books for Kids Ages 8 and up (Nov 2021) Horn Book, starred review School Library Journal, starred review Publisher’s Weekly, starred review Hispanic Heritage Month Essay – What Are We Celebrating? (Sept 2021) Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books review (Aug 2021)
ISBN: 0593176960 OCLC: Knopf Books for Young Readers 2021 In Oaxaca City, Mexico, ancient friends Life and Death discuss free will while engaged in a game of chance, with eleven-year-old Clara as the protagonist of their theories and a pawn in their game, moving inevitably towards her ultimate fate. Includes author's notes and reader's guide.