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The Red Umbrella is the moving tale of a 14-year-old girl's journey from Cuba to America as part of Operation Pedro Pan—an organized exodus of more than 14,000 unaccompanied children, whose parents sent them away to escape Fidel Castro's revolution.

In 1961, two years after the Communist revolution, Lucía lvarez still leads a carefree life, dreaming of parties and her first crush. But when the soldiers come to her sleepy Cuban town, everything begins to change. Freedoms are stripped away. Neighbors disappear. Her friends feel like strangers. And her family is being watched.

As the revolution's impact becomes more oppressive, Lucía's parents make the heart-wrenching decision to send her and her little brother to the United States—on their own.

Suddenly plunked down in Nebraska with well-meaning strangers, Lucía struggles to adapt to a new country, a new language, a new way of life. But what of her old life? Will she ever see her home or her parents again? And if she does, will she still be the same girl?

The Red Umbrella is a moving story of country, culture, family, and the true meaning of home.

Synopsis:

When the Communist Revolution in her native Cuba causes oppressive changes to occur in her community, Lucia and her little brother are sent to the United States to live with strangers and fear they will never see their parents again.

Synopsis:

In 1961 after Castro has come to power in Cuba, fourteen-year-old Lucia and her seven-year-old brother are sent to the United States when her parents, who are not in favor of the new regime, fear that the children will be taken away from them as others have been.

About the Author

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Christina Diaz Gonzalez based this powerful novel on the experiences of her parents, and of the more than 14,000 other unaccompanied minors who came to the United States through Operation Pedro Pan. This mass exodus of children is a little-known and fascinating piece of history, and Gonzalez has created a story that brings that history vibrantly to life.

Gonzalez practiced law for several years before returning to her childhood passion for stories and writing. The Red Umbrella is her first novel.

Christina Diaz Gonzalez lives in Miami, Florida, with her husband and two sons. You can visit her on the Web at www.christinagonzalez.com.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375896286
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Subject:
Cuba - History - 1959-1990
Author:
Gonzalez, Christina
Author:
Christina Diaz Gonzalez
Author:
Gonzalez, Christina Diaz
Subject:
Juvenile Fiction : Historical - United States - 20th Century
Subject:
Family
Subject:
Juvenile Fiction : People & Places - United States - Hispani
Subject:
Juvenile Fiction : Family - General
Subject:
Family life -- Cuba.
Subject:
People & Places - United States - Hispanic/Latino
Subject:
Family - General
Subject:
Historical - United States - 20th Century
Subject:
Ethnic - Hispanic & Latino
Subject:
Children s-General
Subject:
Children s Middle Readers-General
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20100511
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Grade Level:
5-7
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Age Level:
10-12

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Children's » Historical Fiction » United States » 20th Century

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Product details 288 pages Random House Children's Books - English 9780375896286 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , When the Communist Revolution in her native Cuba causes oppressive changes to occur in her community, Lucia and her little brother are sent to the United States to live with strangers and fear they will never see their parents again.
"Synopsis" by , In 1961 after Castro has come to power in Cuba, fourteen-year-old Lucia and her seven-year-old brother are sent to the United States when her parents, who are not in favor of the new regime, fear that the children will be taken away from them as others have been.
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