The Firefly Letters: A Suffragette's Journey to Cuba

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Product Details

Price
$10.99
Publisher
Square Fish
Publish Date
Pages
176
Dimensions
5.4 X 8.0 X 0.6 inches | 0.35 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781250110961

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About the Author

Margarita Engle is a Cuban-American poet, novelist, and journalist whose work has been published in many countries. She is the author of young adult nonfiction books and novels in verse including The Surrender Tree, a Newbery Honor Book, The Poet Slave of Cuba, Hurricane Dancers, The Firefly Letters, and Tropical Secrets. She lives with her husband in northern California.

Reviews

A Pura Belpré Honor Book
An American Library Association Notable Children's Book
A Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year

"Like the firefly light, Engle's poetry is a gossamer thread of subtle beauty weaving together three memorable characters who together find hope and courage. Another fine volume by a master of the novel in verse." -Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"This slim, elegant volume opens the door to discussions of slavery, women's rights, and the economic disparity between rich and poor." -Publishers Weekly

"Through this moving combination of historical viewpoints, Engle creates dramatic tension among the characters, especially in the story of Elena, who makes a surprising sacrifice." -Booklist

"This engaging title documents 50-year-old Swedish suffragette and novelist Fredrika Bremer's three-month travels around Cuba in 1851. . . . The easily digestible, poetic narrative makes this a perfect choice for reluctant readers, students of the women's movement, those interested in Cuba, and teens with biography assignments." --School Library Journal

"The author has a gift for imbuing seemingly effortless text with powerful emotions. . . .This uncommon story will resonate." --The Bulletin

"The imagistic, multiple first-person narrative works handily in revealing Bremer, an alert and intelligent woman in rebellion against her background of privilege." --The Horn Book