for Young Readers
companion memoir to Enchanted Air
Simon & Schuster...
powerful companion to her award-winning memoir Enchanted Air, Young
People’s Poet Laureate Margarita Engle recounts her teenage years during
the turbulent 1960s.
Margarita Engle’s childhood straddled two worlds: the lush, welcoming
island of Cuba and the lonely, dream-soaked reality of Los Angeles. But
the revolution has transformed Cuba into a mystery of impossibility, no
longer reachable in real life. Margarita longs to travel the world, yet
before she can become independent, she’ll have to start high school.
Then the shock waves of war reach America, rippling Margarita’s plans in
their wake. Cast into uncertainty, she must grapple with the philosophies
of peace, civil rights, freedom of expression, and environmental
protection. Despite overwhelming circumstances, she finds solace and
empowerment through her education. Amid the challenges of adolescence and
a world steeped in conflict, Margarita finds hope beyond the struggle, and
love in the most unexpected of places.
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