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Newbery Honor Book
ISBN: 9780312608712384 Pages, Ages 12-18
It is 1896. Cuba has fought three wars for independence and still is not free. People have been rounded up in reconcentration camps with too little food and too much illness. Rosa is a nurse, but she dares not go to the camps. So she turns hidden caves into hospitals for those who know how to find her.
Black, white, Cuban, Spanish—Rosa does her best for everyone. Yet who can heal a country so torn apart by war? Acclaimed poet Margarita Engle has created another breathtaking portrait of Cuba.
The Surrender Tree is a 2009 Newbery Honor Book, the winner of the 2009 Pura Belpre Medal for Narrative and the 2009 Bank Street - Claudia Lewis Award, and a 2009 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.
Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award Honor, Michigan Great Lakes Great Books Award Master List, NCSS-CBC: Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People, ALA Best Books for Young Adults, CCBC Choice (Univ. of WI), Newbery Honor Book, Americas Award for Children's and Young Adult Literature, Winner, Américas Award - Winner, Amelia Bloomer Project/Feminist Task Force, Bank Street Claudia Lewis Award, Booklist Editors' Choice, American Library Association Notable Children's Books, ALA Notable Children's Books, Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award Honor Book, NCSS-CBC Notable Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies, American Library Association Best Books for Young Adults, Pura Belpre Author Award, Kansas State Reading Circle, NCSS-CBC NotableTrade-Soc.Stdy, Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year
Praise for The Surrender Tree
“Engle writes her new book in clear, short lines of stirring free verse. Caught by the compelling narrative voices, many readers will want to find out more.” —Booklist, Starred Review
“A powerful narrative in free verse . . . haunting.” —The Horn Book
“Hauntingly beautiful, revealing pieces of Cuba's troubled past through the poetry of hidden moments.” —School Library Journal
“Young readers will come away inspired by these portraits of courageous ordinary people.” —Kirkus Reviews
“The poems are short but incredibly evocative.” —Voice of Youth Advocates