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Cover reveal for The Land of Forgotten Girls, by Erin Entrada Kelly

1. Please tell us a bit about The Land of Forgotten Girls.

The Land of Forgotten Girls is about two sisters who are abandoned by their father and live with their evil stepmother in subsidized housing outside of New Orleans. It’s about the power of sisterhood, imagination, and what it means to be a family.

2. Erin, your debut novel, Blackbird Fly, is also about a girl who was born in the Philippines and moves to the United States. How are these two stories different?

In Blackbird Fly, Apple Yengko deals with school bullies, the perils of being “unpopular,” and friends who aren’t really her friends. She’s also entrenched in a cultural struggle with her mother. Soledad and Ming, the sisters in The Land of Forgotten Girls, have different challenges: poverty, no parents to watch over them, and no obvious way to escape—except through their imagination.

3. The Land of Forgotten Girls is about a lot of things, but really it’s about sisters. Do you have a sister? Why is sisterhood important to you?

Yes, I have an older sister named Anna. She’s my best friend. I’ve looked up to her my entire life, even when she wouldn’t stop hogging the phone or she tattled on me to our parents. Anyone who knows her will tell you that they’re better for knowing her, and I feel the same way. There’s no dynamic like sisterhood.

4. We love your beautiful and haunting title—The Land of Forgotten Girls. Where does this come from? What does it mean to you?

Soledad and Ming use their imaginations to transform the environment they live in. They have no loving parents watching over them. They only have themselves. They feel forgotten, so they imagine a world just for them—the land of forgotten girls.

5. Any thoughts on your jacket?

I don’t know if there are words to describe how much I love the jacket. It’s perfect. It shows the power of imagination. The girls’ hopefulness. It blew me away when I saw it. Isabel is such a gifted artist. I’m so fortunate that we were paired together on the book.

The Land of Forgotten Girls, by Erin Entrada Kelly, will be on sale on March 1, 2016. You can reach Erin Entrada Kelly at www.erinentradakelly.com or follow her @erinkellytweets and on Facebook.

The jacket art is by Isabel Roxas, and you can reach her online at http://studioroxas.com, on Tumblr , and on Twitter.

Erin Entrada Kelly is the author of Blackbird Fly. She grew up in south Louisiana and now lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


  1. Bebe Usie says:

    I really agree with number three. I can’t wait to read. I am so proud of Erin!

  2. j breen says:

    Really excited for the release of this book and I am in love with the cover. March is a long time to wait, but if you haven’t read Erin Entrada Kelly’s first book “Blackbird Fly”–you should. It’s impossible not to route for Apple and her friends, laugh and shed a tear or two. Erin speaks to her young readers in a such a unique way. She doesn’t just remember middle school–she remembers how it feels.

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