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2017 Mentee Anika Fajardo’s First Middle Grade Novel, WHAT IF A FISH

Monday, 21 September 2020  |  Posted by Rochelle Karina

Released August 2020

“Multilayered and convincing, the book will have readers rooting for its sweet and smart protagonist.” – Kirkus

About the book …

“If anything is possible in Colombia, does that mean I can catch a fish?”

Half-Colombian Eddie Aguado has never really felt Colombian. Especially after Papa died. And since Mama keeps her memories of Papa locked up where Eddie can’t get to them, he only has Papa’s third-place fishing tournament medal to remember him by. He’ll have to figure out how to be more Colombian on his own. As if by magic, the perfect opportunity arises. Eddie – who’s never left Minnesota – is invited to spend the summer in Colombia with his older half brother. But as his adventure unfolds, he feels more and more like a fish out of water. Figuring out how to be a true Colombiano might be more difficult than he thought.

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About the author …

Anika Fajardo was born in Colombia and raised in Minnesota. She wrote a book about that experience, Magical Realism for Non-Believers: A Memoir of Finding Family (University of Minnesota Press). A writer, editor, and teacher, she lives in the very literary city of Minneapolis. What If a Fish is her first middle grade novel.

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One Comment
  • Saskia Akyil says:

    Felicitaciones, Anika! I love the sound of your book. The idea of identity is so important for third-culture-kids (like my own) who find themselves straddling cultures and never finding themselves fully in either one… I look forward to reading your book, and having my kids read it!


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