CRYPTID AUTHOR PANEL w/ Zoraida Córdova, Dhonielle Clayton, Ryan La Sala, Mark Oshiro & Natalie Parker

Loyalty is delighted to host a Cryptid Author Panel to celebrate the release of Valentina Salazar is Not a Monster Hunter! This panel will be moderated by Dhonielle Clayton and features Zoraida Córdova, Ryan La Sala, Mark Oshiro & Natalie Parker! This event is free to attend and will be held digitally via Crowdcast. Click here to register for the event. You can also order a copy of the book below to be automatically added to the registration list, and there will be an option to snag the book during the event. 

ABOUT THE BOOK

“Monsters, mayhem, and a little family magic will have readers rooting for Valentina!” -- Kwame Mbalia, New York Times bestselling author

It takes a special person to end up in detention on the last day of school.

It takes a REALLY special person to accidentally burn down the school yard while chasing a fire-breathing chipmunk.

But nothing about Valentina Salazar has ever been “normal.” The Salazars are protectors, tasked with rescuing the magical creatures who sometimes wander into our world, from grumpy unicorns to chupacabras . . . to the occasional fire-breathing chipmunk.

When Val’s father is killed during a rescue mission gone wrong, her mother decides it’s time to retire from their life on the road. She moves the family to a boring little town in upstate New York and enrolls Val and her siblings in real school for the first time.

But Val is a protector at heart and she can’t give up her calling. So when a mythical egg surfaces in a viral video, Val convinces her reluctant siblings to help her find the egg before it hatches and wreaks havoc. But she has some competition: the dreaded monster hunters who’ll stop at nothing to destroy the creature . . . and the Salazar family.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Zoraida Córdova is the award-winning author of the Brooklyn Brujas series, The Vicious Deep trilogy, and Star Wars: A Crash of Fate. She has contributed stories to the New York Times bestselling anthology Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View, and Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women and Witchcraft. Zoraida was born in Ecuador and raised in Queens, New York.

Ryan La Sala writes about surreal things happening to queer people. He is the author of Reverie and Be Dazzled and lives in New York City. Visit him online at ryanlasala.com.

Mark Oshiro is the award-winning author of the young adult books Anger is a Gift (2019 Schneider Family Book Award) and Each of Us a Desert, both with Tor Teen, as well as their middle grade books The Insiders and You Only Live Once, David Bravo with Harper Collins. They are also the co-author (with Rick Riordan) of the upcoming Percy Jackson novel centered on Nico di Angelo and Will Solace. When not writing, they are trying to pet every dog in the world.

Natalie C. Parker is the author and editor of several books for young adults among them the acclaimed Seafire trilogy. Her work has been included on the NPR Best Books list, the Indie Next List, and the TAYSHAS Reading List, and in Junior Library Guild selections. Natalie grew up in a navy family finding home in coastal cities from Virginia to Japan. Now, she lives with her wife on the Kansas prairie.

ABOUT THE MODERATOR

Dhonielle Clayton is the New York Times best-selling author of the Belles series, The Mirror: Shattered Midnight, and the coauthor of Blackout and the Tiny Pretty Things duology, now a Netflix original series. She hails from the Washington, DC, suburbs on the Maryland side. She taught secondary school for several years, and is a former elementary and middle school librarian. She is COO of the non-profit We Need Diverse Books, and president of Cake Creative, an IP story kitchen dedicated to diverse representation. She’s an avid traveler, and always on the hunt for magic and mischief. You can find her on social media @brownbookworm.

Please note Loyalty has a zero tolerance policy for harassment or intimidation of any kind during this virtual event. 

Event date: 
Monday, July 18, 2022 - 6:00pm
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Valentina Salazar is not a Monster Hunter By Zoraida Córdova Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781338712711
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scholastic Press - June 28th, 2022

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ISBN: 9781250174949
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - May 3rd, 2022

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ISBN: 9781338745313
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