Spanish / Colombia
Bogotá [et al.]: Norma, 2018. – 122 p.
(Series: Zona libre)
Father | Daughter | Siblings | Outsider | Autism
White Ravens issue: 2019
Reading age: 12+
When 15-year-old Laura finally trusts herself to ask who her father is, she discovers that he left her pregnant mother because he didn’t want a child. That said, he later founded another family, and died four years ago. Coming to terms with her own story leads Laura to her half-brother, two years her junior. Julián is different. He lives in his own world, has difficulties communicating with other people and has an obsessive interest in fish, which seem to mean the world to him. By listening to music together, which has a primal meaning for her, Laura builds a connection to Julián and helps him to somewhat emerge from his cocoon. This novel, told from Laura’s perspective in clear, plain language, portrays the budding relationship of the two convincing protagonists, who are isolated by their differences but who turn to each other for support. “Koi” is the first young adult novel by well-known Argentinian author Ezequiel Dellutri and was awarded the 2018 Premio Norma.