• Interest Level: Grade 9 - Grade 12
  • Reading Level: Grade 7

This socially conscious thriller from graphic novelist Canizales examines the injustices of his home country in a stark, distinctive style.

Andrea, a young Indigenous Colombian woman, has returned to the land she calls home. Only nineteen years old, she comes to mourn her lost child, carrying a box in her arms. And she comes with another mission. Andrea has hidden a camera upon herself. If she can capture evidence of the illegal mining that displaced her family, it will mark the first step toward reclaiming their land.

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Interest Level Grade 9 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 7
Genre Graphic Novels, Young Adult
Category Diverse Books: Feminism, Diverse Books: #MeToo, Diverse Books: Race & Ethnicity, Diverse Books: Social Justice, Diversity, SEL: C Social Awareness, Social Emotional Learning
Copyright 2022
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Graphic Universe ™
Language English
Number of Pages 96
Publication Date 2022-05-03
Text Type Fiction
BISACS YAF010050, YAF046010, YAF043010
Dewey 741.5/9861
Dimensions 7 x 10
Lexile 430
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Awards, Original artwork, Reviewed, and Starred Reviews

Author, Illustrator: Canizales

Canizales is a Colombian author and illustrator whose books have been translated into numerous languages. His work has earned several awards including the Cuatrogatos Foundation prize for his picture book Guapa. He lives in Mallorca, Spain.

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  • USBBY Outstanding International Books List, Winner, 2023
  • Malka Penn Award for Human Rights in Children's Literature Honor Book, Commended, 2023
  • Sophie Castille Award for Comics in Translation Shortlist, Short-listed, 2023
  • Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year, Winner, 2023
  • Kirkus Best Teen Books of the Year, Winner, 2022
  • VLA Graphic Novel Diversity Award Overfloweth Title, Commended, 2022
  • YALSA Great Graphic Novels for Teens Nominee, Nominated, 2022


Publishers Weekly

“Andrea’s desire for—and journey toward—justice, which is portrayed via simultaneously harrowing and tender flashbacks of her life with her husband and baby, proves a powerful exploration of hope amid displacement and despair.”—Publishers Weekly

School Library Journal

“Canizales’s shadow-filled, jungle-focused, black-and-white art captures the pain of displacement from one’s physical and spiritual world . . . [P]resents teens with many compelling visual and emotional moments.”—School Library Journal


“[T]he story—part thriller, part political drama—will grip readers from page 1.”—Booklist

Kirkus Reviews

“Simply powerful, Colombian artist Canizales’ illuminating, expressively rendered graphic novel translated from the Spanish contains moments of great beauty (particularly Andrea’s memories of her husband and father) among numerous scenes of deep anguish . . . A brutal, vital text.”—starred, Kirkus Reviews