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February 20, 2023 @ 6:00 pm

In-Person: An Evening with Alexandra Alessandri discussing The Enchanted Life of Valentina Mejía


February 20, 2023
6:00 pm


zArchive2-Books & Books Coral Gables
265 Aragon Ave
Coral Gables, FL 33134 United States
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Books & Books presents…



The Enchanted Life of Valentina Mejía

(Atheneum Books for Young Readers, $17.99)

Monday, February 20, 6 PM | Books & Books, Coral Gables


This event is FREE and open to the public and books will be available for purchase the night of the event so make sure to stay after the talk for a book signing! Please RSVP only if you intend to join us.


About the Book:

Encanto meets The Chronicles of Narnia by way of Colombian folklore in this middle grade fantasy adventure. To save their father’s life, a brother and sister must journey across a land full of mythical creatures and find the most powerful and dangerous of them all: the madremonte.

Twelve-year-old Valentina wants to focus on drawing the real world around her and hopefully get into art school in Bogotá one day, but Papi has spent his life studying Colombia’s legendary creatures and searching for proof of their existence. So when Papi hears that a patasola—a vampire woman with one leg—has been sighted in the Andes, Valentina and her younger brother Julián get dragged along on another magical creature hunt.

While they’re in the Andes, a powerful earthquake hits. Valentina and Julián fall through the earth…and find an alternate Colombia where, to Valentina’s shock, all the legends are real.

To get home, Valentina and Julián must make a treacherous journey to reach this land’s ruler: the madremonte, mother and protector of the earth. She controls the only portal back to the human world—but she absolutely hates humans, and she’ll do anything to defend her land.




About the Author:

Alexandra Alessandri is the award-winning author of several books for children, including Feliz New Year, Ava Gabriela! (Albert Whitman, 2020), Isabel and Her Colores go to School (Sleeping Bear Press, 2021), and The Enchanted Life of Valentina Mejía (Atheneum/S&S, 2023). The daughter of Colombian immigrants, she is also a poet, an educator, and a writer for Curriculum Associates. Alexandra lives in Florida with her husband and son.