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Poet Slave of Cuba

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Awards

2008 Pura Belpré Author Award

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Publisher Comments:

A lyrical biography of a Cuban slave who escaped to become a celebrated poet.

Born into the household of a wealthy slave owner in Cuba in 1797, Juan Francisco Manzano spent his early years by the side of a woman who made him call her Mama, even though he had a mama of his own. Denied an education, young Juan still showed an exceptional talent for poetry. His verses reflect the beauty of his world, but they also expose its hideous cruelty.
 
Powerful, haunting poems and breathtaking illustrations create a portrait of a life in which even the pain of slavery could not extinguish the capacity for hope.

The Poet Slave of Cuba is the winner of the 2008 Pura Belpre Medal for Narrative and a 2007 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.
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Synopsis:

A lyrical account of the life of Juan Francisco Manzano, the poet slave of Cuba, in verse

About the Author

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 Surrender Tree, a Newbery Honor Book, Hurricane Dancers, The Firefly Letters, and Tropical Secrets. She lives in northern California.
 
Sean Qualls is the illustrator of The Baby on the Way and Powerful Words. He lives with his wife and their son in Brooklyn, New York.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312659288
Author:
Engle, Margarita
Publisher:
Square Fish
Illustrator:
Qualls, Sean
Author:
Qualls, Sean
Subject:
Poetry : General
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography - Historical
Subject:
Social Issues - Prejudice & Racism
Subject:
General
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Historical
Subject:
Social Issues/Prejudice
Subject:
Racism
Subject:
People
Subject:
Places/Caribbean
Subject:
Latin america
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Biography
Subject:
People & Places - Caribbean & Latin America
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : Literary
Subject:
History - Central & South America
Subject:
People & Places - United States - Hispanic/Latino
Edition Description:
Young Adult Nonfiction
Publication Date:
20110331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 7 up to 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Black-and-white illustrations
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.50 in
Age Level:
from 12 up to 17

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