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The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba’s Struggle for Freedom

By: Margarita Engle

"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.

ISBN: 9780805086744

JLG Release: Jul 2008


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Topics: 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

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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)

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Between 1868 and 1898, Cuba fought three wars to gain independence. Engle uses these historical events to craft a powerful free-verse narrative told through soliloquies of various revolutionary characters, including folk heroine Rosa la Bayamesa, a former slave and healer. Engle's haunting poetry explores themes of oppression, war, and human rights Between 1868 and 1898, Cuba fought three wars to gain independence. Engle uses these historical events to craft a powerful free-verse narrative told through soliloquies of various revolutionary characters, including folk heroine Rosa la Bayamesa, a former slave and healer. Engle's haunting poetry explores themes of oppression, war, and human rights through the lens of one woman's determination. Timeline. Bib.

Book Details

ISBN

9780805086744

First Release

July 2008

Genre

Historical fiction.

Dewey Classification

811/.54

Trim Size

5 1/2" x 8"

Page Count

176

Accelerated Reader

Level 6.4; Points: 2;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 5.2; Points: 6;

Lexile

N/A

Format

Print Book

Edition

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Publisher

Henry Holt

Potentially Sensitive Areas

None

Topics

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,

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