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The Surrender Tree/El árbol de la rendición

The Surrender Tree/El árbol de la rendición

Poems of Cuba's Struggle for Freedom/Poemas de la Lucha de Cuba por su Libertad

Margarita Engle

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The Surrender Tree is a lyrical, Newbery Honor-winning history in poems, and this edition has the Spanish and English text available in one 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?

Using the true story of the folk hero Rosa la Bayamesa, acclaimed poet Margarita Engle gives us another gripping, breathtaking account of a tumultuous period in Cuban history.

A 2009 Newbery Honor Book
Winner of the 2009 Pura Belpré Medal for Narrative
Winner of the 2009 Bank Street - Claudia Lewis Award
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, ALA Notable Children's Books, American Library Association Notable Children's Books, Booklist Editors' Choice, Bank Street Claudia Lewis Award, 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 Best Books for Young Adults, NCSS-CBC NotableTrade-Soc.Stdy, Américas Award - Winner, NCSS-CBC: Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People, Pura Belpre Author Award

Praise for The Surrender Tree/El árbol de la rendición

“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


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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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