Books with author Margarita Engle

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Margarita Engle

Silver People: Voices from the Panama Canal

eBook (March 25, 2014) , Reprint edition

One hundred years ago, the world celebrated the opening of the Panama Canal, which connected the world’s two largest oceans and signaled America’s emergence as a global superpower. It was a miracle, this path of water where a mountain had stood—and creating a miracle is no easy thing. Thousands lost their lives, and those who survived worked under the harshest conditions for only a few silver coins a day. From the young "silver people" whose back-breaking labor built the Canal …

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Margarita Engle

The Firefly Letters: A Suffragette's Journey to Cuba

Paperback (March 7, 2017) , Reprint edition

A powerful novel in verse about an early women’s rights pioneer and the journey to Cuba that transformed her life.

When Fredrika Bremer asked the Swedish Consulate to find her a quiet home in the Cuban countryside, she expected a rustic thatched hut, not this luxurious mansion in Matanzas, where Elena, the daughter of the house, can barely step foot outside.

The freedom to roam is something that women and girls in Cuba do not have. Yet when Fredrika sets …

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Age
12+
Grade
7-9

Margarita Engle

The Lightning Dreamer: Cuba's Greatest Abolitionist

Paperback (Sept. 15, 2015) , Reprint edition
“I find it so easy to forget / that I’m just a girl who is expected / to live / without thoughts.” Opposing slavery in Cuba in the nineteenth century was dangerous. The most daring abolitionists were poets who veiled their work in metaphor. Of these, the boldest was Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda, nicknamed Tula. In passionate, accessible verses of her own, Engle evokes the voice of this book-loving feminist and abolitionist who bravely resisted an arranged marriage at the … More
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Age
12+
Grade
7-9

Margarita Engle

Silver People: Voices from the Panama Canal

Paperback (March 29, 2016) , Reprint edition

In 1914, the world celebrated the opening of the Panama Canal, which connected the world’s two largest oceans and signaled America’s emergence as a global superpower. It was a miracle, this path of water where a mountain had stood—and creating a miracle is no easy thing. Thousands lost their lives, and those who survived worked under the harshest conditions for only a few silver coins a day. From the young "silver people" whose back-breaking labor built the Canal to the …

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Age
12-18
Grade
7-12

Margarita Engle

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

Paperback (March 16, 2010) , First edition

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.

Black, white, Cuban, Spanish―Rosa does her best for everyone. Yet who can heal a country so torn apart by war? Acclaimed poet …

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Margarita Morris

Goodbye to Budapest: A Novel of the Hungarian Uprising

eBook (July 12, 2019)
Family and freedom. It’s worth fighting for what really matters.

Budapest, 1952. When Katalin and her father, Márton, are woken by the ringing of the doorbell in the dead of night, it can mean only one thing. The Secret Police have come to arrest him on charges of subversion. But Katalin knows her father is innocent.

In a communist society where ordinary people live in fear of the dreaded Secret Police, suspicion and betrayal are rife. Whilst Márton endures the …

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Age
4-7
Grade
PK-3

Margarita Engle, Rafael LĂłpez

Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl's Courage Changed Music

Hardcover (March 31, 2015)
Handpicked by Amazon kids’ books editor, Seira Wilson, for Prime Book Box – a children’s subscription that inspires a love of reading.Girls cannot be drummers. Long ago on an island filled with music, no one questioned that rule—until the drum dream girl. In her city of drumbeats, she dreamed of pounding tall congas and tapping small bongós. She had to keep quiet. She had to practice in secret. But when at last her dream-bright music was heard, everyone sang and … More
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Age
10+
Grade
5-6

Margarita Engle

Lion Island: Cuba's Warrior of Words

Paperback (Aug. 29, 2017) , Reprint edition
In this “beautifully written, thought provoking” (School Library Journal, starred review) novel in verse, award-winning author Margarita Engle tells the story of Antonio Chuffat, a young man of African, Chinese, and Cuban descent who becomes a champion for civil rights.Asia, Africa, Europe—Antonio Chuffat’s ancestors clashed and blended on the beautiful island of Cuba. Yet for most Cubans in the nineteenth century, life is anything but beautiful. The country is fighting for freedom from Spain. Enslaved Africans and near-enslaved Chinese indentured … More
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Age
4-8
Grade
PK-3

Margarita Engle, Rafael LĂłpez

Dancing Hands: How Teresa Carreño Played the Piano for President Lincoln

Hardcover (Aug. 27, 2019)
A Kirkus Reviews Best Picture Book of 2019! In soaring words and stunning illustrations, Margarita Engle and Rafael López tell the story of Teresa Carreño, a child prodigy who played piano for Abraham Lincoln.As a little girl, Teresa Carreño loved to let her hands dance across the beautiful keys of the piano. If she felt sad, music cheered her up, and when she was happy, the piano helped her share that joy. Soon she was writing her own songs and … More
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Age
10-12
Grade
5-7

Margarita Engle

The Wild Book

Paperback (Jan. 7, 2014) , Reprint edition
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 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. …

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Margarita Engle

Tropical Secrets: Holocaust Refugees in Cuba

Paperback (Dec. 12, 2017) , Reprint edition

Turned away from the shores of New York, a young Jewish boy seeks refuge in Cuba during WWII. Here in this tropical sanctuary, so far away from Germany, will he be safe from Nazi influence?

A stunning new novel in verse from Margarita Engle, the Pura Belpré Award–winning author of The Poet Slave of Cuba

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 …

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Margarita Engle

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

eBook (April 1, 2008) , 1st edition

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.

Black, white, Cuban, Spanish—Rosa does her best for everyone. Yet who can heal a country so torn apart by war? Acclaimed poet …

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