Islandborn

People, Identity & Culture
Islandborn
Author(s):
Junot Diaz
Illustrator(s):
Leo Espinosa
Age Group:
5-8
Publisher:
Dial Books
ISBN:
978-0735229860
Year:
People, Identity & Culture

Every kid in Lola's school was from somewhere else.
Hers was a school of faraway places.


So when Lola's teacher asks the students to draw a picture of where their families immigrated from, all the kids are excited. Except Lola. She can't remember The Island—she left when she was just a baby. But with the help of her family and friends, and their memories—joyous, fantastical, heartbreaking, and frightening—Lola's imagination takes her on an extraordinary journey back to The Island. As she draws closer to the heart of her family's story, Lola comes to understand the truth of her Abuela's words: “Just because you don't remember a place doesn't mean it's not in you.”

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