The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba’s Struggle for Freedom
"I know his face, and I can tell that he recognizes me. / We were children, we were enemies. . . . / now he is my patient, / but why should I cure him, / wasting precious medicines / on a spy who must have been sent / to kill me?" During Cuba's fight for independence from Spain, Rosa and her husband, José, hide in caves and use natural remedies to heal anyone in need-even "Lieutenant Death." Winner of the 2009 Jane Adams Award and the 2009 Pura Belpré Award. A 2009 Newbery Honor Book.
JLG Release: Jul 2008
Awards & Honors
2009 Newbery, Honor Book; 2009 Pura Belpré Winner, Author; 2009 ALA Best Books for Young Adults; NCSS Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People 2009, World History and Culture; 2008 Booklist Editors’ Choice: Books for Youth; 2008 VOYA's Poetry Picks
Praise & Reviews
Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:
Booklist*, The Horn Book Magazine, The Horn Book Guide, Kirkus Reviews, School Library Journal, Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)
5 1/2" x 8"
Level 6.4; Points: 2;
Scholastic Reading Counts
Level 5.2; Points: 6;
Potentially Sensitive Areas
Traditional healers, Slavehunters, Nature, Runaways, Names, Independence, Notoriety, Caves, Military leaders, War, José Martí (1853-1895), Concentration camps, Death, Grief, Orphans, Escape, Hunger, Journalists, The Maine, The Rough Riders, Clara Barton (1821-1912), Peace,