Land of the Cranes
Publisher's Weekly Announcement:
Nick Thomas at Scholastic/Levine has acquiredThe Moon Within author Aida Salazar's novel, The Land of the Cranes, a story inspired in part by her own childhood as an undocumented immigrant. This free verse middle grade novel tells the story of 9-year-old Betita, who believes that she and other migrants follow an Aztec prophecy to fly as free as cranes. When her father is deported to Mexico and she and her mother are detained by ICE, she turns to writing picture poems as her own way to fly above the deplorable conditions that she and other cranes experience while they are caged. Publication is slated for spring 2020; Marietta B. Zacker of the Gallt and Zacker Literary Agency negotiated the deal for North American English and Spanish rights.