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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, Pura Belpre Author Award, Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, Bank Street Claudia Lewis Award, Americas Award for Children's and Young Adult Literature, Winner, CCBC Choice (Univ. of WI), Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award Honor, Newbery Honor Book, NCSS-CBC Notable Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies, Booklist Editors' Choice, Kansas State Reading Circle, Michigan Great Lakes Great Books Award Master List
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