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by Junot Diaz

Islandborn Synopsis

A powerful tale about the magic of memory and the infinite power of the imagination Every kid in Lola's school was from somewhere else. Hers was a school of faraway places. 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.' Gloriously illustrated and lyrically written, Islandborn is a celebration of creativity, diversity, and our imagination's boundless ability to connect us - to our families, to our past and to ourselves.

Islandborn Press Reviews

'Timely and relevant.' * School Librarian * 'This is an amazing book. It celebrates diversity, tolerance. and belonging. It's a powerful story. A great way to start talking about family backgrounds and belonging. You will ADORE this story.' * Liz Gaydon, Waterstones bookseller * 'The exuberant, brightly coloured illustrations are filled with a child's interpretation of the memories and fill the double-page spreads with details to pore over. This important title will be enjoyed by young children and may spark many significant discussions.' * Booklist * 'A sensitive and beautiful story of culture, identity, and belonging - a superb picture book outing for Diaz and one to be shared broadly in a variety of settings.' * School Library Journal * 'With his tenacious, curious heroine and a voice that's chatty, passionate, wise, and loving, Diaz entices readers to think about a fundamental human question: what does it mean to belong?' * Publishers Weekly starred review * 'Beautiful and joyous.' * Press Association * 'Islandborn engages with many of the same themes that Mr. Diaz has wrestled with in his fiction: immigration and identity, the weight of collective memory, and feelings of displacement and belonging.' * New York Times *

Book Information

ISBN: 9781786074775
Publication date: 4th October 2018
Author: Junot Diaz
Publisher: Rock the Boat an imprint of Oneworld Publications
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 48 pages
Categories: Picture books, Adventure stories (Children's / Teenage), Cartoons & comic strips (Children's / Teenage), Family & home stories (Children's / Teenage), Personal & social issues: racism & multiculturalism (Children's / Teenage),

About Junot Diaz

Junot Diaz was born in the Dominican Republic and raised in New Jersey. He is the author of the critically acclaimed Drown; The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, which won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award; and This Is How You Lose Her, a New York Times bestseller and National Book Award finalist. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Leo Espinosa is an award-winning illustrator from Bogota, Colombia, whose work has been in The New Yorker, Wired, Esquire, The New York Times, The Atlantic, and more. Leo lives with his family in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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