Book review: Enchanted air, by Margarita Engle

Engle, Margarita. Enchanted air : two cultures, two wings: a memoir. Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2015. 192 pgs. $17.99. ISBN:978-1-4814-3522-2. Gr.5+. P8 Q9

Engle Enchanted AirFor more than fifty years the United States and Cuba have not spoken. They are now not only speaking but the United States in the last few months reopened its embassy in Cuba. Margarita Engle and her sister considered themselves to be of both lands as their mother is Cuban and their father American. The story,s written in free verse, is set against the Cuban revolution and the Cuban Missile Crisis. Margarita and her family face the discrimination that Americans felt towards Cubans during that period in time. The author drew on her own life experiences  to write this story, a memoir in verse.

October 2015 review by Carol Bernardi.

[Editor’s note: Margarita Engle’s book, The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba’s Struggle for Freedom, was a 2009 Newbery Honor Book.  She is noted as being the first Latina to be honored by the Newbery Committee.]

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