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Lalani of the Distant Sea

LALANI OF THE DISTANT SEA, an epic fantasy inspired by Filipino folklore, will be released on September 3, 2019. Complete the puzzle to reveal the cover!

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About Erin

Erin Entrada Kelly received the 2018 Newbery Medal for Hello, Universe, the 2017 APALA Award for The Land of Forgotten Girls, and the 2016 Golden Kite Honor Award for Blackbird Fly. She is a New York Times bestseller.

Erin was raised in Louisiana, but now lives in Delaware, near Philadelphia. She is a professor of children’s literature in the graduate fiction and publishing programs at Rosemont College, where she earned her MFA. Erin is also a short story writer. Her short fiction has been nominated for the Philippines Free Press Literary Award for Short Fiction and the Pushcart Prize.

Erin has a bachelor’s degree in women’s studies and liberal arts from McNeese State University and an MFA in creative writing from Rosemont.

Erin is mestiza and identifies as Filipina-American. Her mother is Visayan and lives in Cebu, which is why many of Erin’s Filipino characters speak Cebuano rather than Tagalog. You can contact Erin. You can also find her on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. You can also learn more by visiting Frequently Asked Questions.


Birthday: September 5, 1977

Sign: Virgo

Favorite Word: Peculiar

Favorite Season: Winter

Hogwarts House: Hufflepuff

Pronoun: She/Her

Pet: Marlowe the Gentleman Mutt*

Favorite Color: Red

Second Favorite Color: Yellow

Favorite Book: The One and Only Ivan

Second Favorite Book: When You Reach Me

Pet Peeve: Mean People

Favorite Kind of Movies: Scary

Favorite Scary Movie: Poltergeist

Favorite Part of School Visits: Q&A

Favorite Beatle: George

Favorite Snack: Peanut Butter

Favorite Drink: Coffee

Second Favorite Drink: Diet Pepsi

Favorite Sports Team: Philadelphia Eagles

* This is Marlowe, the gentleman mutt. He is considered a “gentleman mutt” because he is a mutt and a gentleman. He only barks when he has to. He eats treats delicately. He never whines. And, most importantly, he wears a bowtie.