Join us March 3rd at Bookworks from 5:00-7:00 pm to discuss our next book. We are reading The Lightning Dreamer: Cuba’s Greatest Abolitionist (ages 12 and up) by Margarita Engle
Here’s a sneak peek into the book: (from Goodreads)
“I find it so easy to forget / that I’m just a girl who is expected / to live / without thoughts.” Opposing slavery in Cuba in the nineteenth century was dangerous. The most daring abolitionists were poets who veiled their work in metaphor. Of these, the boldest was Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda, nicknamed Tula. In passionate, accessible verses of her own, Engle evokes the voice of this book-loving feminist and abolitionist who bravely resisted an arranged marriage at the age of fourteen, and was ultimately courageous enough to fight against injustice. Historical notes, excerpts, and source notes round out this exceptional tribute.
Check out The Hispanic Reader’s interview with Engle about The Lightning Dreamer here.
Be sure to get entered in our drawing for a free copy of the book!! All you have to do is comment on any blog post by February 23rd!
We’ll also be raffling off a copy of April’s featured book, What the Moon Saw (ages 8 and up) by Laura Resau. Join us that evening to be entered!
We hope to see you on March 3rd!
10 thoughts on “Our Next Good Read. . .The Lightning Dreamer: Cuba’s Greatest Abolitionist”
Magarita Engle is a great writer. I love that the reader always learns something in history that is really ‘her-story.’
I couldn’t agree more! She really is an excellent writer. We’ve read two other books by Engle in the past, and they’ve both been favorites of our book group. I’m really looking forward to this one.
I’d love to win. Her books all sound excellent!
They are all wonderful! We’ve got you entered!
I’m currently using three of your book recommendations in my middle school language arts classes, and I couldn’t be any happier with the response from my students. I would love to have Engle’s latest book, possible classroom read for next year.
It’s always so wonderful to hear that our blog resources are useful to teachers in the classroom!! Thank you so much for sharing. Nothing makes me happier than hearing that students are happy and engaged. We’ve got you entered in the giveaway for the Engle book. I really love all of her books. “The Surrender Tree” was a favorite of our book group two years ago. If you get the chance to read that, definitely check it out.
Hello Katrina, I have nominated you for the award Cracking Bloggywog Chrispmouse, I leave the link:
I loved The Lightning Dreamer and wrote about it here: http://readingtl.blogspot.com/2013/09/the-lightning-dreamer-cubas-greatest.html I would love to be there to discuss the book in person, but live way too far away. Glad you are encouraging others to pick it up and read it though.
I really love all of Engle’s books, I’m so glad to hear that you liked this one too. I’m heading over to read your thoughts right now. Thanks so much for sharing the link and stopping by Vamos a Leer!
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