The Enchanted Life of Valentina Mejía

Coming Spring 2023

My debut middle grade fantasy, The Enchanted Life of Valentina Mejía, is coming in Spring 2023! Here’s the announcement:

Image text: Sophia Jimenez at Atheneum has acquired world rights to The Enchanted Life of Valentina Mejía, a debut middle grade fantasy novel by International Latino Book Award-winning author Alexandra Alessandri, featuring legends of the author’s rural Colombia. Twelve-year-old Valentina doesn’t believe in her father’s tales about the mano peluda, madremonte, and patasola, but when an earthquake injures Papi and leaves her stranded with her brother in a strange—and magical—land, she must face the madremonte’s wrath if she has any hopes of getting home and saving Papi. Publication is set for spring 2023; Deborah Warren at East/West Literary did the deal.

Background photo taken in Medellín, Colombia in 2019.

More info coming soon! In the meantime, you can add to Goodreads!

Awards & Nominations

The Enchanted Life of Valentina Mejía won Honorable Mention in SCBWI Florida’s 2021 Rising Kite Awards Middle Grade Fiction category