Our Next Good Read. . .Hurricane Dancers: The First Caribbean Pirate Shipwreck

Hurricane Dancers

Join us January 14th at bookworks from 5:00-7:00 pm to discuss our next book.  We are reading Hurricane Dancers: The First Caribbean Pirate Shipwreck by Margarita Engle

Recognized with multiple awards and honors, Hurricane Dancers is another excellent novel in verse from Margarita Engle.

This time, Engle tells the story of Quebrado, a young boy who “has been traded from pirate ship to ship in the Caribbean Sea for as long as he can remember. The sailors he toils under call him el quebrado—half islander, half outsider, a broken one. Now the pirate captain Bernardino de Talavera uses Quebrado as a translator to help navigate the worlds and words between his mother’s Taíno Indian language and his father’s Spanish.  But when a hurricane sinks the ship and most of its crew, it is Quebrado who escapes to safety. He learns how to live on land again, among people who treat him well. And it is he who must decide the fate of his former captors.”
(Quoted from http://margaritaengle.com/allbooks.html#hurricane)

We’re incredibly excited to be reading this book as our first selection of 2013! Be sure to get entered in our drawing for one of five free copies of the book!! All you have to do is comment on any blog post before December 13th!

We hope to see you on January 14th! We’re looking forward to hearing what you think about the book!

I have to say thanks to the wonderful group of educators who joined us this past Monday to discuss The Red Umbrella!  I really look forward to our monthly Monday meetings–it’s always so enjoyable to sit and talk with you all!


12 thoughts on “Our Next Good Read. . .Hurricane Dancers: The First Caribbean Pirate Shipwreck

  1. Hi Katrina,
    I’m so sorry to have missed this week’s meeting and will definitely plan to be at January’s meeting! This sounds like a great read.


    • We missed you too, but I completely understand how busy it can get in December before break! We look forward to seeing you in January–and we’ve got you entered in our drawing for a copy of the book! It looks like it’s going to be a really good one. Take care and have a great break!

    • We’ve only featured two of Engle’s books for our book group: The Surrender Tree and Hurricane Dancers, but we’ve LOVED both of them. So, now the rest of them are on my To Be Read list–I’ll have to put The Poet Slave of Cuba on the top now. Thanks for your recommendation!

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