Friday, June 5, 2020 - 4:00pm

We will be hosting this virtual event on Instagram Live!

Zoraida Córdova will be in conversation with Alex Aster.

For fans of The Land of Stories comes an adventure that reveals the secret warnings hidden inside all classic tales -- beware fairyland at all costs.

Eleven-year-old Danny Monteverde believes in magic. He knows that pixie dust is real, that wardrobes act as portals, and that rabbit holes lead to Wonderland. Most of all, he believes that his older sister, Pili, is waiting for him somewhere in Rio Luna, the enchanted land in their favorite book of fairy tales.

Danny doesn't care what the adults say. He knows that Pili isn't another teen runaway. When the siblings were placed in separate foster homes, she promised that she'd come back for him, and they'd build a new life together in Rio Luna.

Yet as the years pass, Danny's faith begins to dim. But just when he thinks it might be time to put foolish fairy tales behind him, he finds a mysterious book in the library. It's a collection of stories that contain hints about how to reach another world. A map to Rio Luna . . . and to Pili.

As his adventure takes him from New York to Ecuador to Brazil, Danny learns that meeting your favorite characters isn't always a dream come true. But nothing will stop him from finding his sister . . . even if it means standing up to the greatest threat the magical realm has ever known.

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.

Alex Aster is the author of Emblem Island: Curse of the Night Witch, the first of a series inspired by the stories her Colombian grandmother used to tell her before bedtime. She recently graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, where she studied English and consumer psychology. Alex also has an identical twin sister who is unfortunately not an author (because that would make writing her books so much easier...) but has an adorable miniature poodle to make up for it. Explore her books at

The Way to Rio Luna Cover Image
ISBN: 9781338239546
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scholastic Inc. - June 2nd, 2020

Curse of the Night Witch Cover Image
ISBN: 9781492697206
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Sourcebooks Young Readers - June 9th, 2020