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Enchanted air : two cultures, two wings : a memoir / Margarita Engle.

By: Engle, Margarita [author.].
Material type: TextTextEdition: First edition.Description: 192 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781481435222; 1481435221; 9781481435239; 148143523X.Subject(s): Engle, Margarita | Engle, Margarita -- Biography | Engle, Margarita | Engle, Margarita | Cuban Americans -- Biography | Women authors, American -- 20th century -- Biography | Women -- Biography | Biographical poetry | Cuban Americans -- Biography | Women authors, American -- 20th century | Women -- Biography | Biographical poetry | American poetry | JUVENILE NONFICTION -- Biography & Autobiography -- Cultural Heritage | JUVENILE NONFICTION -- People & Places -- Caribbean & Latin America | JUVENILE NONFICTION -- PoetryGenre/Form: Biographical poetry. | Juvenile works. | Autobiographies. | Autobiographies. | 1120L.DDC classification: 811/.54 | B
Contents:
Love at first sight -- Magical travels -- Winged summer -- Strange sky -- Two wings -- Cold War time line.
Awards: Pura Belpre Author Award, 2016Summary: In this poetic memoir Engle, the first Latina woman to receive a Newbery Honor, tells of growing up as a child of two cultures during the Cold War. Her heart was 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 lived in Los Angeles, lonely in the noisy city and dreaming of the summers when she can take a pl.ane through the enchanted air to her beloved island. When the hostility between Cuba and the United States erupted at the Bay of Pigs Invasion, Engle's worlds collided in the worst way possible. Would she ever get to visit her beautiful island again?
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CML Adolescent Fiction University of Texas At Tyler
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Love at first sight -- Magical travels -- Winged summer -- Strange sky -- Two wings -- Cold War time line.

In this poetic memoir Engle, the first Latina woman to receive a Newbery Honor, tells of growing up as a child of two cultures during the Cold War. Her heart was 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 lived in Los Angeles, lonely in the noisy city and dreaming of the summers when she can take a pl.ane through the enchanted air to her beloved island. When the hostility between Cuba and the United States erupted at the Bay of Pigs Invasion, Engle's worlds collided in the worst way possible. Would she ever get to visit her beautiful island again?

1120L Lexile.

Text in English.

Pura Belpre Author Award, 2016

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 6-10-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.-Jill Heritage Maza, Montclair Kimberley Academy, Montclair, NJ © Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Author notes provided by Syndetics

Margarita Engle is a Cuban-American poet and novelist. Her books include The Wild Book, Tropical Secrets, The Firefly Letters, The Lightning Dreamer, When You Wander, Mountain Dog, and Silver People. She has received several awards including the Jane Addams Children's Book Award, the Pura Belpré Award, the Américas Award, and the Claudia Lewis Poetry Award for The Surrender Tree and the Pura Belpré Award and the Américas Award for The Poet Slave of Cuba. <p> (Bowker Author Biography)

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