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Author: Junot Díaz Narrator: Junot Díaz Publisher: Listening Library Audio Length: Release Date: March 2018 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9780525530572

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From New York Times bestseller and Pulitzer Prize winner Junot Díaz comes a debut picture book about the magic of memory and the infinite power of the imagination. A 2019 Pura Belpré Honor Book for Illustration   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 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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  • “Listening to Junot Díaz’s narration is like having a story read to you by your uncle who can do all the best voices…Díaz’s voice reflects [Lola’s] anxiety over not remembering her brief time there…One gruff neighbor talks of a ‘monster’ who terrorized The Island and the heroes who fought him, providing an age-appropriate approach to the topics of dictatorships and immigration. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”

    - AudioFile
  • “This important title will be enjoyed by young children and may spark many significant discussions.”

    - Booklist (starred review)
  • “With his tenacious, curious heroine and a voice that’s chatty, passionate, wise, and loving, Díaz entices readers to think about a fundamental human question: what does it mean to belong?”

    - Publishers Weekly (starred review)
  • “A sensitive and beautiful story of culture, identity, and belonging.”

    - School Library Journal (starred review)


  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

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About the Author

Junot Díaz is the author of several critically acclaimed books, including 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 O. Henry Award. A graduate of Rutgers College, he is fiction editor at Boston Review and the Rudge and is the Nancy Allen Professor of Writing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.