Category Archives: Author: Margarita Engle

The Firefly Letters

The Firefly Letters

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Quick Stats:

Page Count: 160

Age Range: 12 and up

Year: 2010

Genre: Adventure, Historical, Realistic

The Firefly Letters is written in the narration of 3 voices: Cecilia, Elena, and Fredika. Fredika is an older woman traveling to Cuba to find “Eden” who is being hosted by Elena’s family. Unfortunately Elena does not speak English but the African slave Cecilia does. Cecilia becomes the translator and assistant for Fredika. The novel is about the lives of these three girls and how they are all interconnected.

I would recommend this book for anyone who is interested in the history of slavery. The book is easy to follow, once you can distinguish the 3 narrations occurring in the novel. All 3 women have very different yet distinct personalities making it easy for the reader to connect to at least one character.

Miss Samantha



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Hurricane Dancers

Hurricane Dancers
Margarita Engle

Quick Stats:
Page Count: 145Unknown-1
Age Range: 10 and up
Year: 2011
Genre: Adventure, Historical, Poetry

Quebrado is a young man of Taino Indian and Spanish ancestry. He is a slave to Bernardino de Talavera, a Caribbean pirate, who wishes to conquer the Caribbean isles and searches for vulnerable islanders to capture and sell. When a hurricane hits the ship, Quebrado escapes the dangerous waters and finds refuge in a small village. Quebrado befriends two young lovers, learns how to navigate his past and present, and decides the fate of his former captors.

This is a very short book. This story is fictional but based on historical references of the Caribbean history but told in series of short poems.

Ms. Brittany

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