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Enchanted Air

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A 2016 Pura Belpré Author Award. In this poetic memoir, which won the Pura Belpré Author Award, was a YALSA Nonfiction Finalist, 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...

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A 2016 Pura Belpré Author Award.

In this poetic memoir, which won the Pura Belpré Author Award, was a YALSA Nonfiction Finalist, 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, 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?

 

  • Author: Margarita Engle
  • Illustrator: Edel Rodriguez
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Pages: 208 
  • Size: 8.40 x 5.60
  • Publisher: Antheneum Books for Young Readers
  • Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

 

 

From the very first sentence, Margarita Engle's memoir…takes wing…Enchanted Air is at its heart a book about travel. Some of it is specific: how we travel between languages, cultures, and countries. But because Engle is such a gifted writer, this is a book that generously gives every reader a ticket to ride as she explores what it means to journey toward adulthood, traversing from one side of her family to the other, from the natural world of "tropical jungles, wild green parrots" that "remind me of island skies" to the back of the car on a family road trip when all her family can afford is a long, hot, adventure-seeking drive to Mexico.-The New York Times Book Review - Veronica Chambers

 

 

Meet Margarita Engle, award winner author of Drum Dream Girl and Enchanted Air.

 

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