This work of free verse/prose poetry is such a captivating yet easy read that it will leave you genuinely curious about Cuba's past. It piqued my curiosity to investigate details about the long period of Cuban slavery, as well as the abolitionist poets who risked themselves for the cause of free expression. A great introduction for young teens to read more from the historical fiction genre. It also bears the seal of the Pura Belpre Honor -- a distinction given to Latino/Latina authors who best portray the Latino cultural experience.
Spanish girl 13 turning 14 and must marry. In the 1800s women and slaves have no power. Yet a simple love story hovers in the background. She struggles to accept this. Would open up nice discussion on vaule of freedoms people now have, along with voting. However all thru the book, I kept thinking WHYYYYYYYY wasn't this a novel??! Poetry form is very nicely and beautifully written. However it felt choppy; just as you would understand the point of view, it changes into a new poem. It is short, but its not something to rush through, instead something to take your time to enjoy. I think people who used to write or ever wanted to, will be inspired to try again to paint with words. Nice history back story at end also some gorgeous bilingual poetry.
This is an amazing book, written so well with so much feeling. Each word has a meaning of its own. Deep, but not in a confusing way. It's a quick read because of the poem form it is written in, but very refreshing. Very talented author.
A very inspiring book to those who would like to be poets. This is an outstanding book!
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