Atheneum Books for Young Readers

August 2015

$17.99 US

118p hc

ISBN: 978-1481435222

Enchanted Air: two cultures, two wings - a memoir

Margarita Engle

from the book...

Margarita is a girl from two worlds. Her heart lies in Cuba, her motherís tropical island country, a place so lush with vibrant life that it seems like a fairy tale kingdom. But most of the time she lives in Los Angeles, lonely in the noisy city and dreaming of the summers when she can take a plane through the enchanted air to her beloved island. Words and images are her constant companions, friendly and comforting when the children at school are not.

Then a revolution breaks out in Cuba. Margarita fears for her far-away family. When the hostility between Cuba and the United States erupts at the Bay of Pigs Invasion, Margaritaís 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?

In her most personal and deeply moving work yet, Margarita Engle tells of growing up with two cultures duing a time of cold hostility between nations, an almost-war of words that shaped this sensitive young girl into an award-winning poet who enriches the world with words of a far more hopeful kind.

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