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The Surrender Tree

The Surrender Tree

Poems of Cuba's Struggle for Freedom

Margarita Engle

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Newbery Honor Book

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.

Kansas State Reading Circle, Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award Honor Book, Amelia Bloomer Project/Feminist Task Force, NCSS-CBC Notable Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies, American Library Association Best Books for Young Adults, Michigan Great Lakes Great Books Award Master List, Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award Honor, Americas Award for Children's and Young Adult Literature, Winner, Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, Newbery Honor Book, CCBC Choice (Univ. of WI), ALA Notable Children's Books, American Library Association Notable Children's Books, Booklist Editors' Choice, Bank Street Claudia Lewis Award, ALA Best Books for Young Adults, NCSS-CBC: Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People, NCSS-CBC NotableTrade-Soc.Stdy, Américas Award - Winner, Pura Belpre Author Award

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

Reviews from Goodreads

Margarita Engle

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.

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