The Lightning Dreamer: Cuba's Greatest Abolitionist by Margarita EngleThe Lightning Dreamer: Cuba's Greatest Abolitionist by Margarita Engle

The Lightning Dreamer: Cuba's Greatest Abolitionist

byMargarita Engle

Paperback | September 29, 2015

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* "A splendid novel that celebrates one brave woman who rejected a constrained existence with enduring words that continue to sing of freedom." - Booklist, starred review

Winner of the Pura Belpré Honor Award

Opposing slavery in Cuba in the nineteenth century was dangerous. The most daring abolitionists were poets who veiled their work in metaphor. The boldest was Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda. In passionate, accessible verses of her own, Engle evokes the voice of this book-loving feminist and abolitionist who bravely resisted an arranged marriage at the age of fourteen, and was ultimately courageous enough to fight against injustice.

Includes historical notes, excerpts, and source notes.
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Margarita Engle is a Cuban American poet and novelist whose work has been published in many countries. Her books include the Newbery Honor-winning Surrender Tree, The Poet Slave of Cuba, Tropical Secrets, The Firefly Letters, and Hurricane Dancers. She lives with her husband in Northern California. Visit her website at www.margari...
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Title:The Lightning Dreamer: Cuba's Greatest AbolitionistFormat:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 8 × 5.5 × 0.53 inPublished:September 29, 2015Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:054454112X

ISBN - 13:9780544541122

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A Pura Belpre Honor Book Winner of the 2014 PEN Literary Award for Best Young Adult Book VOYA Top Shelf for Middle School Readers 2013 list 2014 International Latino Book Award Honorable Mention An NCTE Notable Book for the Language Arts An ALSC Notable Children's Book for 2013 YALSA 2014 Best Fiction for Young Adults * This is the context for a splendid novel that celebrates one brave woman who rejected a constrained existence with enduring words that continue to sing of freedom." - Booklist, starred review "An inspiring fictionalized verse biography of one of Cuba's most influential writers. . . . Fiery and engaging, a powerful portrait of the liberating power of art." - Kirkus "In these poems, their longings for freedom, their fears, their loves, and their heartaches are elegantly crafted through images that make the island of Cuba and its people vividly real and connect them to the hearts of contemporary readers." - Bulletin "A quick and powerful read worthy of addition to any collection. The verses speak of tolerance and acceptance beyond the context of this story." - VOYA 4Q 2P M J S "Engle adds another superb title to her lengthening list of historical novels in verse. . . . This is a must-have for . . . anyone in need of a comparative study to our own country's struggle with slavery." -School Library Journal "