— by Nicole McCracken: Lalani of the Distant Sea, by Erin Entrada Kelly, is a story about finding strength and courage during dark and uncertain times. This is a story that follows one young girl’s adventure into the unknown. Lalani must ignore the whispers and stories that have spread across her island, and listen to her inner voice. 

After reading the first few chapters, I thought I had sussed out the plot, as it reminded me very much of Disney’s Moana. However, this story offers so much more. The beautiful illustrations by Lian Cho draw the reader in further to the magic of Isa and its mysterious creatures, inspired by Filipino folklore…

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