Mari and the Curse of El Cocodrilo
Carolina Ortiz at HarperCollins has bought Pura Belpré Honor author Adrianna Cuevas's middle grade novel, Mari and the Curse of El Cocodrilo. When Mari refuses to burn her family's effigy on New Year's Eve, she incurs the wrath of El Cocodrilo, a creature who is more than he seems. Enlisting her friends, Mari discovers she possesses a special power to call on her ancestors to fight against El Cocodrilo and embrace her family's Peak Cubanity. Publication is slated for fall 2023, with an untitled second book to follow in fall 2024; Stefanie Sanchez Von Borstel at Full Circle Literary did the deal for world English rights.