Search Results: "Margarita Engle"


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POETRY
Released: March 1, 2010

"Another fine volume by a master of the novel in verse. (historical note, author's note) (Historical fiction. 10 & up)"
Three women, their lives circumscribed by their societies' expectations, come together in Cuba in 1851. Read full book review >

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FOREST WORLD by Margarita Engle
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 29, 2017

"An addition that delicately illustrates the Cuban-American experience through a poetic and scientific lens not often seen. (glossary of biodiversity words) (Verse fiction. 9-12)"
Young People's Poet Laureate Engle (Enchanted Air, 2016, etc.) brings readers the alternating poetic voices of a brother and sister navigating the complexity of their family dynamics and of "twenty-first-century attitudes / toward nature." Read full book review >

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SILVER PEOPLE by Margarita Engle
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 25, 2014

"Engle's new offering contains moments of true poetic beauty, but these choices detract from an otherwise lovely, enlightening book. (author's note, selected bibliography) (Historical fiction/verse. 10-14)"
A poetic exploration of the construction of the Panama Canal. Read full book review >

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LIGHTNING DREAMER by Margarita Engle
YOUNG ADULT
Released: March 19, 2013

"Fiery and engaging, a powerful portrait of the liberating power of art. (historical note, translated excerpts from Avellaneda's work, bibliography) (Historical fiction/verse. 12 & up)"
An inspiring fictionalized verse biography of one of Cuba's most influential writers. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: March 20, 2012

"A beautiful tale of perseverance. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
A young girl tackles a learning disability and the uncertainty of daily life in early-20th-century Cuba. Read full book review >

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HURRICANE DANCERS by Margarita Engle
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 15, 2011

"Taken individually the stories are slight, but they work together elegantly; the notes and back matter make this a great choice for classroom use. (bibliography) (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Newbery Honor author Engle (The Surrender Tree, 2008) spins three intertwined tales in frequently lyrical free verse. Read full book review >

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POETRY
Released: April 1, 2008

"Young readers will come away inspired by these portraits of courageous ordinary people. (author's note, historical note, chronology, references) (Fiction/poetry. 12+)"
Tales of political dissent can prove, at times, to be challenging reads for youngsters, but this fictionalized version of the Cuban struggle for independence from Spain may act as an entry to the form. Read full book review >

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FICTION
Released: March 1, 2009

"Stylistically, however, the manipulation of characters and their fictional conflicts seem, in this latest addition, formulaic. (Historical fiction. 12 & up)"
Readers familiar with the author's prior works (The Poet Slave of Cuba, 2006, etc.) will recognize both style and themes in this verse novel set in World War II-era Cuba. Read full book review >

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LION ISLAND by Margarita Engle
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"A fierce portrait of a young man's discovery of power through words. (historical background, historical note, references, further reading) (Historical verse/fiction. 11-16)"
This verse novel presents a fictionalized account of a real historical figure who used the power of words to help end forced labor in 19th-century Cuba. Read full book review >

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SKYWRITING by Margarita Engle
Released: July 1, 1995

"A remarkable work—and significant contribution—that seeks to understand the ravages wrought by oppressors past and present."
From poet and novelist Engle (Singing at Cuba, 1993, not reviewed): another lyrical and joyous affirmation of the human spirit's ability to subvert and survive—this one as much a history of Cuba as of one family's long fight for justice. ``The heart of the island,'' the story's young narrator asserts, ``is a magnet, enormous and powerful, pulling me back through time and space, pulling me in and down, swirling [in] the eye of the hurricane.'' And, in 1993, when Carmen Peregr°n visits Cuba and meets half-brother Camilo for the first time, she irrevocably enters the eye of that hurricane. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: March 24, 2015

"A beautiful account of a young girl's bravery and her important contribution toward gender equality in the creative arts. (historical note) (Picture book. 3-8)"
Pura Belpré winner and Newbery honoree Engle, known for writing free-verse historical fiction, introduces readers to Millo Castro Zaldarriaga with this illustrated poem, inspired by her subject's childhood. Read full book review >

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ALL THE WAY TO HAVANA by Margarita Engle
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 29, 2017

"A vibrant snapshot of modern Cuba, full of rich, sensory detail. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Off to Havana! Read full book review >