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Cover design by Kerri Resnick, featuring art by Daria Hlazatova
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Lobizona on the cover of the 4/1/2020 edition of Booklist.

Synopsis

Manuela Azul has been crammed into an existence that feels too small for her. As an undocumented immigrant who's on the run from her father's Argentine crime-family, Manu is confined to a small apartment and a small life in Miami, Florida.

Until Manu's protective bubble is shattered.

Her surrogate grandmother is attacked, lifelong lies are exposed, and her mother is arrested by ICE. Without a home, without answers, and finally without shackles, Manu investigates the only clue she has about her past―a mysterious "Z" emblem―which leads her to a secret world buried within our own. A world connected to her dead father and his criminal past. A world straight out of Argentine folklore, where the seventh consecutive daughter is born a bruja and the seventh consecutive son is a lobizón, a werewolf. A world where her unusual eyes allow her to belong.

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Reviews

🌟 In a timely work of magical realism featuring references to Borges and Garcia Márquez, Garber (the Zodiac series) tackles issues of nationalism, identity, and belonging . . . This layered novel blends languages and cultures to create a narrative that celebrates perseverance.

— Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

🌟 Garber’s gorgeous novel combines the wonder of a Hogwarts-style magic school with the Twilight-esque dynamics of a hidden magical species that has strict rules about interacting with the human world. Dialogue is related in Spanish—immediately translated into English via italics—which brings Manu and the other characters to vivid life and makes them, and the lore, absolutely memorable.

— Booklist, Starred Review

With vivid characters that take on a life of their own, beautiful details that peel back the curtain on Romina's Argentinian heritage, and cutting prose Romina Garber crafts a timely tale of identity and adventure.

— Tomi Adeyemi, New York Times bestselling author of Children of Blood and Bone

I fell in love with this world where wolves, witches and magic thrives, all in a rich Latinx setting! Lobizona will surely place Garber alongside the Harry Potters of the world.

— Lilliam Rivera, author of The Education of Margot Sanchez

Lobizona somehow loves its genre while simultaneously tearing it apart with werewolf claws, reveling in earthy magic and righteous anger.

— NPR.org

Touching upon undocumented immigrants, rigid gender roles, sexuality, and mixed-race identity, its themes run deep. This genre-bending mashup will win over fans of swoon-y, suspenseful paranormal dramas.

— Kirkus Reviews

Steeped in Argentine folklore of lobizonas (werewolves) and brujas (witches), this is such an important story to tell, and it’s also an engrossing read.

— BuzzFeed

As a politically exigent #ownvoices novel (inspired by the folklore of Garber's Argentinian birthplace) with a rich exploration of hybrid identities, it's an astute and absorbing piece of magical realism.

— Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

Lobizona by Romina Garber is the kind of book that digs its claws into you and leaves marks so you don’t forget what you just experienced . . . With Lobizona, Romina Garber is poised to become a strong literary voice of this era. I can’t remember the last time I read a world so intricately and beautifully crafted.

— The Nerd Daily
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Tomi Adeyemi blurbs Lobizona
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