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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 u

Primary Literary Genre(s): Fiction

Primary Audience(s): Children


Selected Titles

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.