Silver People: Voices From The Panama Canal by Margarita EngleSilver People: Voices From The Panama Canal by Margarita Engle

Silver People: Voices From The Panama Canal

byMargarita Engle

Paperback | March 29, 2016

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Newbery Honor winner Margarita Engle tells the story of the creation of the Panama Canal in this powerful YA historical novel in verse.Winner of the 2015 Américas Award

* "A tour de force of verisimilitude and beautifully realized verse." - Booklist, starred review

In 1914, the world celebrated the opening of the Panama Canal. It was a miracle, this path of water where a mountain had stood-and creating a miracle is no easy thing. Thousands died, and those who survived worked under the harshest conditions for only a few silver coins a day.
&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp From the "silver people" whose labor built the canal to the denizens of the rainforest itself, this is the story of one of the largest and most difficult engineering projects ever undertaken, as only Margarita Engle could tell it.
Margarita Engle is a Cuban American poet and novelist. Her books include The Surrender Tree, a Newbery Honor, Jane Addams Children's Book Award, and the Pura Belpré Award winner; The Poet Slave of Cuba, winner of the Pura Belpré Award; The Wild Book; and The Lightning Dreamer . She lives in Northern California. Visit her websit...
Title:Silver People: Voices From The Panama CanalFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 8 × 5.5 × 0.76 inPublished:March 29, 2016Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0544668707

ISBN - 13:9780544668706


Editorial Reviews

Winner of the 2015 Americas Award A Jane Addams Award Honor Book Green Earth Book Awards Honor Book * A masterful command of language and space. . . Engle blends the voices of her fictional characters, historical figures, and even the forest into a dynamic coming-of-age story not only of young adults but also of a blustering and arrogant United States." - VOYA, 5Q 5P M J S * "Engle's extraordinary book is a tour de force of verisimilitude and beautifully realized verse that brings to empathetic life the silver people." - Booklist, starred review "As always, Engle's poetry captures with sympathetic wonder and delicate beauty the plight of these disenfranchised voices; here in particular she highlights the natural beauty and love that Mateo, Anita, and Henry find and cling to in the midst of their back- and heart-breaking labor." - The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books "In melodic verses, Engle offers the voices of three [Panama Canal] workers. . . . Taken together, they provide an illuminating picture of the ecological sacrifices and human costs behind a historical feat generally depicted as a triumph." - Horn Book Magazine "This richly developed novel is an excellent addition to any collection. In this compelling story, Engle paints a picture of an often [over]-looked area and highlights the struggles of the people and the arrogance of the Americans." - School Library Journal A Junior Library Guild Selection Bank Street College Best Children's Books of the Year An NCTE Notable Book in the English Language Arts ALSC Notable Books in the Social Sciences CCBC Choice Fiction for Young Adults CCBC Global Reading list Best Multicultural Books, Center for the Study of Multicultural Children's Literature"