Lalani of the Distant Sea, by Erin Entrada, Kelly
Lalani of the Distant Sea Author: Erin Entrada Kelly. Hardcover 9780062747273
Ages 8 to 12 yes old, young adult reader 400 pgs
Lalani Sarita faces an impossible future. Her mother has fallen ill and is unlikely to recover. Drum and Kul--her stepfather and stepbrother--are cruel and vindictive overlords. There is only cleaning and cooking and mending and errands--for someone such as Lalani, life on Sanlagita involves little else.
Lalani Sarita faces an impossible task.She only wanted to save Toppi. She only wanted to help her best friend, Veyda. But everything is her fault. Everything. The rain--coming now in torrents and causing unspeakable disaster--is all her fault.
So Lalani does what only one girl on the island of Sanlagita has ever done before. She slips into a small scouting boat and sets out across the Veiled Sea, looking for a different future. That other girl never returned. Will Lalani?
Sometimes you choose yourself.