More about the book:
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.
Gloriously illustrated by Leo Espinosa and lyrically written, Islandborn is a celebration of creativity, diversity, and our imaginations boundless ability to connect us to our families, to our past and to ourselves.
About the author:
Junot Díaz was born in the Dominican Republic and raised in New Jersey. He is 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 is the recipient of a MacArthur Genius Fellowship, PEN/Malamud Award, Dayton Literary Peace Prize, Guggenheim Fellowship, and PEN/O. Henry Award. A graduate of Rutgers College, Díaz is currently the fiction editor at Boston Review, and the Rudge and Nancy Allen Professor of Writing at MIT.
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