Today we’re thrilled to reveal the cover for A Flicker of Hope: A Story of Migration by Cynthia Harmony, illustrated by Devon Holzwarth! The cover was also illustrated by Devon Holzwarth and designed by Opal Roengchai. The book was edited by Liza Kaplan and Maggie Rosenthal and will be released on February 13, 2024 by Viking Books for Young Readers.
WNDB is proud to have been a part of the book’s publication journey, with Cynthia working on the manuscript during her mentorship with Rob Sanders in 2020. Preorder it here.
Lucía loves to watch the monarchs’ migration from her home in Mexico with Papá. But this year, the monarchs’ journey north holds extra weight; Papá is heading north, too, to look for work. He promises her that when “the weather turns cold and the monarcas return, our winged ancestors will guide me home.” So while he spends the summer months harvesting produce on faraway farms, Lucía watches the skies for signs of the monarchs’—and her papá’s—return.
Told through the parallel stories of the butterflies’ journey and Lucía’s migrant farmer father, Cynthia Harmony’s A Flicker of Hope is a love letter to the power of families and nature, both of which know no borders.
Also available in Spanish.
A word from the illustrator:
From the moment I read the opening lines to A FLICKER OF HOPE I was excited to illustrate this story of father/daughter love, hope and promises. Their story, in tandem with the monarch butterfly migration, shows the many ways we’re all connected. — Devon Holzwarth
Cynthia Harmony is a bilingual children’s author originally from Mexico City. She earned her MA in Education in Madrid and now lives in Arizona with her husband and two amazing niños. You can visit her at CynthiaHarmony.com.
Devon Holzwarth is an award winning picture book illustrator, author, and painter. She grew up in Panamá surrounded by nature and her dad’s art supplies and currently lives in Germany with her family. You can visit her at DevonHolzwarth.com.