South Beach Fairy Tale

Welcome to South Florida as conjured by Miami author Alexandra Kissanis Flinn, B.M. ’88, where giants rampage through Key West, witches lurk on South Beach, and talking rats hang out at the Port of Miami. In her eighth young adult novel, Cloaked (HarperTeen, 2011), a stunning blond princess convinces teenage shoe cobbler Johnny Marco to rescue her brother, who’s been turned into a frog. With the aid of a magical clock, special earbuds, and his best friend, Meg, Johnny must outwit hungry hulks, magical spells, and a power-hungry mother-son pair to find the frog prince and save the day. Earlier this year, Flinn’s New York Times best seller Beastly, a modern Beauty and the Beast, was released as a motion picture.

Hepburn for Kids

With her first book, Just Being Audrey (Balzer & Bray, 2011), Margaret Cardillo, M.F.A. ’09, introduces children to an inspirational figure who defies every celebrity stereotype: Audrey Hepburn. The stylish picture book highlights the late actress and humanitarian’s public and personal life, her personality traits, and her acts of kindness, recounting her journey from humble beginnings in war-torn Belgium to her heyday as a film star in classics such as Breakfast at Tiffany’s and My Fair Lady and, finally, to her work as Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF. Illustrator Julia Denos’s quirky drawings also capture Hepburn’s singular sense of fun and fashion and bring to life a beloved icon who enchanted millions.

Alysha Khan, ’14