Thursday, January 5, 2023

Isla to Island by Alexis Castellanos - HIGH

Isla to Island by Alexis Castellanos, 192 pages, GRAPHIC NOVEL.  Atheneum Books for Young Readers (Simon & Schuster).  2022.  $22.

Language: G (0 swears); Mature Content PG; Violence: G



In this wordless graphic novel, 12yo Marisol arrives in Brooklyn from Cuba, when her parents send her there during the 60s to keep her safe during Castro’s regime.  Marisol has to navigate a new world as she figures out how to fit in at school and her new home without her parents, all while learning a new language.

Marisol’s journey is representative of those children who were able to come to America through Operation Peter Pan.  Marisol’s immigration story, though in the 1960s, is still timely and will have similar themes to more recent ones.

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