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“Rivera offers an eerie, immersive page-turner that immediately grips readers in large part because of her skilled characterization that adds emotional richness to an engaging extraterrestrial mystery. . . . An engrossing and exceptionally relevant pre-apocalyptic tale that begs for a sequel.”
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We Light Up the Sky

Written by Lilliam Rivera
Published by Bloomsbury USA

Pedro, Luna, and Rafa may attend Fairfax High School together in Los Angeles, but they run in separate spheres. Pedro is often told that he’s “too much” and seeks refuge from his home life in a local drag bar. Luna is pretending to go along with the popular crowd but is still grieving the unexpected passing of her beloved cousin Tasha. Then there’s Rafa, the quiet new kid who is hiding the fact that his family is homeless.

But Pedro, Luna, and Rafa find themselves thrown together when an extraterrestrial visitor lands in their city and takes the form of Luna’s cousin Tasha. As the Visitor causes destruction wherever it goes, the three teens struggle to survive and warn others of what’s coming—because this Visitor is only the first of many. But who is their true enemy—this alien, or their fellow humans?

Pura Belpré Honor-winning author Lilliam Rivera examines the days before a War of the Worlds-inspired alien invasion in this captivating and chilling new novel.

Primary ISBN: 9781547603763
Publication Date: October 2022
Available As: Hardcover, Audiobook, eBook
Young Adult, Age 13 or older

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Setting: United States (Los Angeles, CA)

Character's Place in the Immigration Journey: Various

Book Creator(s) Connection to the Community Represented: Own Voices/Lived Experience

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