VIRTUAL: Alexis Castellanos and Trung Le Nguyen discuss ISLA TO ISLAND

Monday, March 21, 2022 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Hosted via Zoom

This stunning wordless graphic novel follows a young girl in the 1960s who immigrates from Cuba to the United States and must redefine what home means to her.

Marisol loves her colorful island home. Cuba is vibrant with flowers and food and people…but things are changing. The home Marisol loves is no longer safe—and then it’s no longer her home at all. Her parents are sending her to the United States. Alone.

Nothing about Marisol’s new life in cold, gray Brooklyn feels like home—not the language, school, or even her foster parents. But Marisol starts to realize that home isn’t always a place. And finding her way can be as simple as staying true to herself.


"Beautiful and heartbreaking.... [Marisol's] story will resonate with Cuban children growing up on their abuelos’ stories and anyone who has had to leave their home and start over.... An important and authentic look at the Cuban refugee experience."
— Kirkus, starred review

"Employing spare text in the form of signs and radio chatter in Spanish and English, debut creator Castellanos effectively uses color as a vehicle to portray Marisol’s loving life with her family in Cuba, despair at their separation, and slow arc to a new life in which she honors her Cuban identity through food and music."
— Publishers Weekly, starred review

"An inspiring, empathy-building story."
— School Library Journal, starred review

Isla to Island By Alexis Castellanos, Alexis Castellanos (Illustrator) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781534469235
Availability: Recently On Our Shelves
Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - March 15th, 2022

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