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Margarita Engle is a Cuban American poet, novelist, and journalist whose work has been published in many countries. She is the author of young adult nonfiction books and novels in verse including The Poet Slave of Cuba, Hurricane Dancers, The Firefly Letters, and Tropical Secrets. The Surrender Tree was a Newbery Honor Book. She lives in northern California.
Amelia Bloomer Project/Feminist Task Force, American Library Association Best Books for Young Adults, American Library Association Notable Children's Books, Americas Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature, Winner, Newbery Honor Book, Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, Bank Street Claudia Lewis Award, CCBC Choice (Univ. of WI), Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award Honor Book, NCSS-CBC: Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People, Américas Award - Winner, Booklist Editors' Choice, Pura Belpre Author Award, Kansas State Reading Circle, Michigan Great Lakes Great Books Award Master List
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