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by Junot Diaz, Illustrated by Leo Espinosa

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    Format: Hardcover
    Classification: Children’s
    Age: 5-8
    Page Count: 48
    ISBN13: 9780735229860
    Imprint: Dial Books for Young Readers
    Publisher: Penguin Random House
    Parent Company: Bertelsmann and Pearson PLC

    Book Description:

    From bestseller and Pulitzer Prize winner Junot Díaz comes a debut picture book 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.

    An illustration from Islandborn by Leo Espinosa written by Junot Diaz

    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 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.

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