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 What If a Fish

a middle-grade novel

coming summer 2020 from
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Cover illustration by Paola Escobar

Cover illustration by Paola Escobar


About the author


Anika Fajardo* was born in Colombia and raised in Minnesota. She is the author of two books that draw on that experience: a memoir for adults, Magical Realism for Non-Believers: A Memoir of Finding Family (University of Minnesota Press, 2019), and a middle-grade novel, What If a Fish (Simon & Schuster, 2020). A writer, editor, and teacher, she lives with her family in the very literary city of Minneapolis.


a little more about the author

Anika has kept a journal since fourth grade. She started writing stories and poems after reading Little Women and Anne of Green Gables, two books that have plucky heroines who like to write. A few of Anika’s favorite books back then were The Dark Is Rising series, Ender’s Game, The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, and The Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler.


Her love of books brought her a career in words. She has taught elementary and middle school kids, college students, and adults. Some of her favorite books for children now are Raymie Nightingale, See You in the Cosmos, Everything on a Waffle, and Moving Target. She worked as a librarian for many years, and her favorite part of that job was helping people of all ages find the information they need. She is also an editor and actually likes grammar stuff like commas and strong verbs (even though she’s a terrible speller).


Contact Anika


*Huh? How do you pronounce your name?
Anika rhymes with “Monica” but without the “M”
Fajardo sounds like it’s spelled, but the “J” makes an “H” sound (Fa-har-doe)