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Joanna Cacao

Joanna Cacao is a Canadian Filipino illustrator and author who lives in Winnipeg. She illustrated the graphic novel The Tryout authored by Christina Soontornvat (Scholastic, 2022).

Fiction (Juvenile, Graphic novel)

The Secret of the Ravens

New York: Clarion Books, 2023.

Publisher’s Synopsis (From its website)

Twin siblings Elliot and Liza only have each other. Their parents are gone. Their home was taken, and to survive on their own, they’re forced to scrounge up plastic and metal to trade for coin within an abandoned garbage heap. Desperate to escape the vagabond cycle that they’re trapped in, the answer to their plight seemingly appears when they stumble upon a Raven Quest—magical tasks offered by mysterious message-carrying ravens that when successfully completed, promise the victors coin and untold riches.

When a quest goes terribly wrong, Liza is poisoned, and Elliot finds himself racing against the clock to find the cure. Now the only way to save his sister is to join forces with a royal apprentice and a dark mage with mysterious motives of her own—even if it means sacrificing everything.


Joanna Cacao personal website

Publisher HarperCollins, owner of the Clarion Books imprint