Lion Island: Cuba's Warrior of Words

August 29, 2017|
Lion Island: Cuba's Warrior of Words by Margarita Engle
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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 servants are forced to work long, backbreaking hours in the fields.

So Antonio feels lucky to have found a good job as a messenger, where his richly blended cultural background is an asset. Through his work he meets Wing, a young Chinese fruit seller who barely escaped the anti-Asian riots in San Francisco, and his sister Fan, a talented singer. With injustice all around them, the three friends are determined to prove that violence is not the only way to gain liberty.
Margarita Engle is the Cuban American author of many books including the verse novels Your Heart, My Sky; With a Star in My Hand; The Surrender Tree, a Newbery Honor winner; and The Lightning Dreamer. Her verse memoirs include Soaring Earth and Enchanted Air, which received the Pura Belpré Award, a Walter Dean Myers Award Honor,...
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Title:Lion Island: Cuba's Warrior of Words
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:192 pages, 7.62 X 5.12 X 0.6 in
Shipping dimensions:192 pages, 7.62 X 5.12 X 0.6 in
Published:August 29, 2017
Publisher:Atheneum Books For Young Readers
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:10
ISBN - 13:9781481461139

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