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Enchanted Air

by Margarita Engle Edel Rodriguez

In this poetic memoir, Margarita Engle, the first Latina woman to receive a Newbery Honor, tells of growing up as a child of two cultures during the Cold War.Margarita is a girl from two worlds. Her heart lies in Cuba, her mother's tropical island country, a place so lush with vibrant life that it seems like a fairy tale kingdom. But most of the time she lives in Los Angeles, lonely in the noisy city and dreaming of the summers when she can take a plane through the enchanted air to her beloved island. Words and images are her constant companions, friendly and comforting when the children at school are not. Then a revolution breaks out in Cuba. Margarita fears for her far-away family. When the hostility between Cuba and the United States erupts at the Bay of Pigs Invasion, Margarita's worlds collide in the worst way possible. How can the two countries she loves hate each other so much? And will she ever get to visit her beautiful island again?

The Firefly Letters: A Suffragette's Journey to Cuba

by Margarita Engle

The freedom to roam is something that women and girls in Cuba do not have. Yet when Fredrika Bremer visits from Sweden in 1851 to learn about the people of this magical island, she is accompanied by Cecilia, a young slave who longs for her lost home in Africa. Soon Elena, the wealthy daughter of the house, sneaks out to join them. As the three women explore the lush countryside, they form a bond that breaks the barriers of language and culture. In this quietly powerful new book, award-winning poet Margarita Engle paints a portrait of early womenâ s rights pioneer Fredrika Bremer and the journey to Cuba that transformed her life.

Mountain Dog

by Margarita Engle Aleksey Ivanov Olga Ivanov

When Tony's mother is sent to jail, he is sent to stay with a great uncle he has never met in Sierra Nevada. It is a daunting move -- Tony's new world bears no semblance to his previous one. But slowly, against a remote and remarkable backdrop, the scars from Tony's troubled past begin to heal. With his Tió and a search-and-rescue dog named Gabe by his side, he learns how to track wild animals, is welcomed to the Cowboy Church, and makes new friends at the Mountain School. Most importantly though, it is through Gabe that Tony discovers unconditional love for the first time, inMountain Dog by Margarita Engle. AKirkus Reviews Best Book of 2013

The Poet Slave of Cuba: A Biography of Juan Francisco Manzano

by Margarita Engle Sean Qualls

A lyrical biography of a Cuban slave who escaped to become a celebrated poet. Born into the household of a wealthy slave owner in Cuba in 1797, Juan Francisco Manzano spent his early years by the side of a woman who made him call her Mama, even though he had a mama of his own. Denied an education, young Juan still showed an exceptional talent for poetry. His verses reflect the beauty of his world, but they also expose its hideous cruelty. Powerful, haunting poems and breathtaking illustrations create a portrait of a life in which even the pain of slavery could not extinguish the capacity for hope. The Poet Slave of Cuba is the winner of the 2008 Pura Belpre Medal for Narrative and a 2007 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

Singing to Cuba

by Margarita Engle

A Cuban-American farm wife returns to Cuba after a 30-year absence in search of family and self-identity, and discovers the horrible reality of her family's suffering. Engle chronicles the brutal relocation of innocent peasants to prison-cities known throughout Cuba as "Captive Towns", where descendants of those imprisoned during the early 1960s remain incarcerated today. Scenes of the narrator's travels in Cuba as she visits relatives, both dissident and Communist, are juxtaposed with an account of the imprisonment of the narrator's great uncle Gabriel, once a Castro supporter.

Skywriting: A Novel of Cuba

by Margarita Engle

During the summer of 1992, I was in the home of relatives in Cuba when suddenly, secretly, after a brief visit, two distant cousins "se tiraron al mar." They "threw themselves into the sea" on a makeshift raft, at a time when such flights to freedom were strictly prohibited. I waited, along with many other relatives, including the two balseros' parents and wives, for news of a safe arrival in Key West. In public, we had to pretend nothing had happened. In private, there was the recurrent agony of waiting for the daily Radio Martí broadcast listing the names of balseros who'd survived their ordeal at sea. I returned to the U.S., still waiting. Later, news finally arrived: My cousins had been arrested by a Cuban patrol boat before reaching international waters. During our excruciating vigil, the balseros were already prisoners at secret police headquarters in La Víbora, but as punishment for the entire family, no one had been informed. Instead, we were allowed to imagine the worst: sharks, storms, waves, the depths ...Skywriting is the flight my imagination took while waiting

The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba's Struggle for Freedom

by Margarita Engle

It is 1896. Cuba has fought three wars for independence and still is not free. People have been rounded up in reconcentration camps with too little food and too much illness. Rosa is a nurse, but she dares not go to the camps. So she turns hidden caves into hospitals for those who know how to find her.<P><P> Black, white, Cuban, Spanish--Rosa does her best for everyone. Yet who can heal a country so torn apart by war? Acclaimed poet Margarita Engle has created another breathtaking portrait of Cuba.<P> The Surrender Tree is a 2009 Newbery Honor Book, the winner of the 2009 Pura Belpre Medal for Narrative and the 2009 Bank Street - Claudia Lewis Award, and a 2009 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

Tropical Secrets: Holocaust Refugees in Cuba

by Margarita Engle

Daniel has escaped Nazi Germany with nothing but a desperate dream that he might one day find his parents again. But that golden land called New York has turned away his ship full of refugees, and Daniel finds himself in Cuba. As the tropical island begins to work its magic on him, the young refugee befriends a local girl with some painful secrets of her own. Yet even in Cuba, the Nazi darkness is never far away ...

The Wild Book

by Margarita Engle

Fefa struggles with words. She has word blindness, or dyslexia, and the doctor says she will never read or write. Every time she tries, the letters jumble and spill off the page, leaping and hopping away like bullfrogs. How will she ever understand them? But her mother has an idea. She gives Fefa a blank book filled with clean white pages. "Think of it as a garden," she says. Soon Fefa starts to sprinkle words across the pages of her wild book. She lets her words sprout like seedlings, shaky at first, then growing stronger and surer with each new day. And when her family is threatened, it is what Fefa has learned from her wild book that saves them.

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