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Number of Pages: 208
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
Sub-Genre: Biography & Autobiography
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Age Range: Teen
Book theme: Cultural, Ethnic & Regional
Author: Margarita Engle
Street Date: August 29, 2017
Item Number (DPCI): 248-49-5272
Now available in Spanish! In this poetic memoir, which won the Pura Belprï¿½ Author Award and was named a Walter Dean Myers Award Honoree, acclaimed author Margarita Engle 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--sources of comfort 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 into 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?
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