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Enchanted Air - by Margarita Engle (Paperback)

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Number of Pages: 224

Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction

Sub-Genre: Biography & Autobiography

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers

Age Range: 9-12 years

Book theme: Cultural, Ethnic & Regional

Author: Margarita Engle

Language: English

Street Date: August 2, 2016
TCIN: 50776554
UPC: 9781481435239
Item Number (DPCI): 248-10-7235

Description

* "A deeply personal memoir-in-verse filled with Engle's trademark intricately woven lyricism. The author's memories focus on the first 14 years of her life, beginning with idyllic summers spent in her mother's homeland of Cuba and ending during the aftermath of the Cuban Missile Crisis and subsequent travel ban. Engle captures the heart of a quiet, young girl torn between two cultures. This historical memoir/love poem to Cuba couldn't be more timely. With the recent easing of relations with Cuba, teachers can use the text as an accessible entry point into the history behind this very current event. And while the narrative unfolds over 50 years ago, Engle's experiences will still resonate with adolescents and teens today. Any child who has felt like an outsider will recognize themselves in Margarita's tale. When the Cuban Missile Crisis ended and everyone's focus shifted, the author was left confused, empty and unfulfilled by her school's seemingly senseless focus on what felt like irrelevant historical events. What American child with ties to a country experiencing turmoil couldn't relate to the lingering after-effects of far off events in our era of two-minute news bytes? VERDICT: A more than worthwhile purchase for any library in need of a universally applicable coming-of-age tale, a fantastic new memoir-in-verse, or a glimpse into Cuba's past."--School Library Journal, May 2015, STARRED REVIEW
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