The Adoption

Magnetic. Dec. 2020. 144p. Tr $24.99. ISBN 9781942367833.
Gr 9 Up–When a devastating earthquake rips through the Peruvian city of Arequipa, the community is left reeling from massive damage and huge loss of life. A world away in France, a white family prepares to welcome four-year-old Qinaya, an Aymara earthquake orphan. Elderly, soon-to-be grandfather Gabriel doesn’t know what he’s going to do with a preschooler toddling about, especially since his experiences as a father were more miss than hit. But the little girl is on her way, and their world will be forever changed. Little Qinaya is wide-eyed and watchful; her adoptive parents are sensitive and eager to help her transition, encouraging her grandparents to spend as much time with her as possible. Watching Gabriel gruffly stumble into loving sweet, curious Qinaya is delightful. Assumptions are challenged and shocking revelations are uncovered, showing how complicated family relations can be beneath the surface. Zidrou and Monin have created a story that is more than heartwarming; it’s heart-scorching and then heartrending. Though aimed at adults, teens who love crossover works will appreciate this one; Monin’s ability to capture emotion in every facial expression is pure magic, and the use of vivid watercolor packs a poignant punch—even city backgrounds are infused with feeling.
VERDICT An aching drama filled with family triumphs and tensions. For libraries with strong graphic novel collections.

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