Young Marisol must leave her home in Cuba for New York during a time of political upheaval. But she feels like Brooklyn, without her parents and without anything she finds familiar, is just a place of gray and loneliness. Over time, however, she learns to find small bits of beauty around her, and starts to think that she might just be able to make a new home.
Ms. Krysta says: “This nearly wordless graphic novel helps readers experience the difficulty of moving to a new place, where one does not understand the language. Readers follow Marisol as she travels from Cuba to Brooklyn to live with foster parents, who try their best, but who cannot take the place of the parents she loves. The illustrations mirror how Marisol feels about her world, moving from vibrant colors to shades of gray. Until, hopefully, one day Marisol feels that spark of color again. A wonderful read! Recommended for fans of Shaun Tan’s The Arrival.”