It’s the end of a long journey…and the beginning! My newest book, the bilingual Galápagos Girl comes out September 18th from multicultural publisher Lee & Low.

Its journey began over ten years ago in December 2007, when I fulfilled a dream of visiting the Galápagos Islands. There I met Valentina Cruz, our naturalist guide, on whom my fictional story Galápagos Girl is based.

I’ll be guest blogging about my new book throughout September, sharing Valentina’s stories about growing up on Floreana, a remote island in the Galápagos. Stay tuned!

We’ve received two wonderful reviews from Kirkus Review and School Library Journal. Kirkus says in part: “Arnold has penned a poetic love letter to the spectacular wildlife of the Galápagos, inspired by Valentina Cruz, a biologist and conservationist….Angela Dominguez’s precise and clean but lively and colorful illustrations really bring everything to life and pull the book together.”

School Library Journal says: “Dominguez’s playful pencil-on–illustration board artwork brings the child and the creatures in her world to life. The back matter includes an author’s note, more facts about the Galápagos Islands, information on each of the animals mentioned in the story, and a bibliography. The Spanish text of this bilingual book is a very adept translation. VERDICT Readers are presented here with an unsung and worthy heroine. Recommended for picture book and biography collections.”

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