Book Review: Leaving Glorytown

Leaving Glorytown by Eduardo CalcinesLeaving Glorytown: One Boy’s Struggle Under Castro
Written by Eduardo F. Calcines
Published by Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, 2009  
ISBN:   9780374343941
Ages: 12 and up

Description (from Goodreads):

Eduardo F. Calcines

Eduardo F. Calcines

Eduardo F. Calcines was a child of Fidel Castro’s Cuba; he was just three years old when Castro came to power in January 1959. After that, everything changed for his family and his country. When he was ten, his family applied for an exit visa to emigrate to America and he was ridiculed by his schoolmates and even his teachers for being a traitor to his country. But even worse, his father was sent to an agricultural reform camp to do hard labor as punishment for daring to want to leave Cuba. Continue reading

Giveaway Winners!! Glorytown: One boy’s struggle under Castro

Thanks so much to all of you who have visited our blog and shared your thoughts with us. It’s wonderful to have you all stopping by.  We hope you’ll continue!! This month’s five lucky winners are. . . . Travels with Mary, the Pragmatic Mom, Redpeffer, Even in Australia, and mlseward! I’ll be emailing you to find out where you would like us to ship the book, so be on the lookout for that! Continue reading

Our Next Good Read. . .Leaving Glorytown: One Boy’s Struggle Under Castro

Join us March 4th at Bookworks from 5:00-7:00 pm to discuss our next book.  We are Leaving Glorytownreading Leaving Glorytown: One Boy’s Struggle Under Castro by Eduardo F. Calcines.

Here’s a sneak peek into the book:
Eduardo F. Calcines was a child of Fidel Castro’s Cuba; he was just three years old when Castro came to power in January 1959. After that, everything changed for his family and his country. When he was ten, his family applied for an exit visa to emigrate to America and he was ridiculed by his schoolmates and even his teachers for being a traitor to his country. But even worse, his father was sent to an agricultural reform camp to do hard labor as punishment for daring to want to leave Cuba. Continue reading

Book Giveaway!! Leaving Glorytown: One Boy’s Struggle Under Castro

Leaving GlorytownIt looks like we’re going back to Cuba in March (at least figuratively speaking)!! We’re giving away 5 copies of Leaving Glorytown: One Boy’s Struggle Under Castro written by Eduardo F. Calcinas–our featured novel for March’s book group meeting!!  It looks like another interesting read. It’s appropriate for ages 12 and up. To be entered in the giveaway, just comment on any post on the blog by February 14th.  Everyone who comments between January 18th and February 14th will be entered in the drawing.  It’s a great way to add to your personal teaching library! If your name is chosen, we’ll email you ASAP about mailing the book to you.

Good luck!

Estrella’s Quinceañera Book Giveaway Winners!!

Thanks so much to all of you who have visited our blog and shared your thoughts with us. I know I say this each time, but it’s true–each month we have more readers entered in our drawing!! It’s been wonderful reading all your comments and seeing you visit our blog.  We hope you’ll continue!! This month’s five lucky winners are. . . . Florence, Blanca, Pat Zietlow Miller, Martha and our fellow blogger Mujer en Flor!  I’ll be emailing you to find out where you would like us to ship the book, so be on the lookout for that!

Congratulations! We hope you enjoy the book!

Our next give away starts today and runs through February 14th!! This time we’re giving away 5 copies of Leaving Glorytown: One Boy’s Struggle Under Castro written by Eduardo F. Calcines.  Just comment on any post between now and February 14th and you’re automatically entered in the drawing!

We’ll continue to do a drawing for 5 copies of each book we feature in our book group each month, so keep checking back and sharing with us throughout the year!