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Margarita Engle


Margarita Engle

Margarita Engle is a Cuban-American writer and the winner of the first Newbery Honor ever awarded to a Latino. Her award winning young adult novels in verse include THE SURRENDER TREE, THE POET SLAVE OF CUBA, TROPICAL SECRETS and THE FIREFLY LETTERS. THE LIGHTNING DREAMER, one of her most recent books, was a 2014 ALA Pura Belpré Author Honor Book.

Margarita's upcoming book, SILVER PEOPLE, VOICES FROM THE PANAMA CANAL, will be released in 2014.

She lives in central California, where she enjoys helping her husband with his volunteer work for wilderness search and rescue dog training programs.

Margarita Engle

Books by Margarita Engle

by Margarita Engle - Children's 10-12, Environment, Family Life, Fiction

Edver isn’t happy about being shipped off to Cuba to visit the father he barely knows. He was NOT expecting to meet a sister named Luza he didn’t know he had. Looking for something they might have in common, the siblings sneak onto the Internet and make up a fake butterfly. But their message is intercepted by a dangerous poacher, and suddenly much more than their family is at stake. Edver and Luza have to find a way to overcome their differences to save the Cuban jungle that they both have grown to love.

Written by Margarita Engle with illustrations by Rafael López - Biography, Children's 8-12, Children's Nonfiction, History, Poetry

Musician, botanist, baseball player, pilot --- the Latinos featured in this collection come from many different countries and from many different backgrounds. Celebrate their accomplishments and their contributions to a collective history and a community that continues to evolve and thrive today!

by Margarita Engle - Children's 10+, Historical Fiction, Narrative Poetry

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. 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 that violence will not be the only way to gain liberty.

written by Margarita Engle, illustrated by Edel Rodriguez - Culture, Literary, Nonfiction

In this poetic memoir, Margarita Engle, the first Latina woman to receive a Newbery Honor, tells of growing up as a child of two cultures during the Cold War. When the hostility between Cuba and the United States erupts at the Bay of Pigs Invasion, Margarita’s worlds collide in the worst way possible. How can the two countries she loves hate each other so much? And will she ever get to visit her beautiful island again?

by Margarita Engle - Biography, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Poetry

Opposing slavery in Cuba in the nineteenth century was dangerous. The most daring abolitionists were poets who veiled their work in metaphor. Of these, the boldest was Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda, nicknamed Tula. In passionate, accessible verses of her own, Engle evokes the voice of this book-loving feminist and abolitionist.