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There are some stories where you read the page, the first paragraph, the first sentence and you feel that lightning-bolt strike that says: This is the one.

Friends and readers: THIS IS THE ONE!

From the first moment of my reading, Karla Valenti wooed me into her skillful web of words, and I could not put this book down until I had turned the last page. Happily for the world, I was not alone in my response! The manuscript was an instant sensation when I sent it on submission, leading to incredibly heated auction—and here is the final result:

Katherine Harrison at Knopf has won at auction World rights to Karla Arenas Valenti’s LOTERIA—a middle grade novel in the magical realist tradition, in which Life and Death play a game of chance with a young girl’s destiny, drawing her into a world of legends come-to-life, and exploring questions of fate and free will. The two-book deal was brokered by Ammi-Joan Paquette at Erin Murphy Literary Agency and the first book will be published in Fall 2021.

I could not be more thrilled to anticipate this book hitting the shelves. Mark your calendars, because it’s one you do not want to miss!

Huge congratulations, Karla!!

--Joan