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Margarita Engle

Biography

Margarita Engle

Margarita Engle is a poet and novelist whose work has been published in many countries. Her books include THE SURRENDER TREE, a Newbery Honor book and winner of the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award, the Pura Belpré Award, the Américas Award, and the Claudia Lewis Poetry Award; THE POET SLAVE OF CUBA winner of the Pura Belpré Award and the Américas Award; and HURRICANE DANCERS, winner of the Pura Belpré Award.

Margarita Engle

Books by Margarita Engle

by Margarita Engle - Children's, Children's 8-12, Historical Fiction

Daniel has escaped Nazi Germany with nothing but a desperate dream that he might one day find his parents again. But that golden land called New York has turned away his ship full of refugees, and Daniel finds himself in Cuba instead. As the tropical island begins to work its magic on him, the young refugee befriends a local girl with some painful secrets of her own. Yet even in Cuba, the Nazi darkness is never far away ...

written by Margarita Engle with illustrations by Renee Kurilla - Children's, Picture, Poetry
All the orangutans are ready for a nap in the sleepy depths of the afternoon...all except one. This little orangutan wants to dance! A hip-hop, cha-cha-cha dance full of somersaults and cartwheels. But who will dance with her?
Written by Margarita Engle with illustrations by Aleksey Ivanov and Olga Ivanov - Historical Fiction

When Tony’s mother is sent to jail, he is sent to stay with a great uncle he has never met in Sierra Nevada. With his Tió and a search-and-rescue dog named Gabe by his side, he learns how to track wild animals, is welcomed to the Cowboy Church, and makes new friends at the Mountain School. Most importantly though, it is through Gabe that Tony discovers unconditional love for the first time.