Isla to Island
Author: Alexis Castellanos
Illustrator: Alexis Castellanos
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A stunning wordless graphic novel following twelve-year-old Marisol's journey immigrating from 1960s Cuba to the United States as she grapples with who she is in a country that is not her own. It's a Latinx When Stars are Scattered meets The Arrival.
The wordless format beautifully captures the language barrier Marisol experiences when she first comes to the United States, and allows readers to add their own personal touch to Marisol's story as they interpret and imagine what's being said in each scene.
Color plays a big role in the storytelling. Marisol's Cuba is vibrant with island hues, but when she arrives in a wintery Brooklyn far from her home and family, her life becomes devoid of color. As Marisol rediscovers the things she loved back in Cuba like plants and books, color begins to re-enter her life.