Cuba In My Pocket

ISBN-10: 0374314675
ISBN-13: 9780374314675
Author: Cuevas, Adrianna
Interest Level: 4-7
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Publication Date: September 2021

Copyright: 2021

Page Count: 288

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Interest Level

Grades 4-7

Reading Level

Lexile: 760L
Accelerated Reader Level: 4.8
Accelerated Reader Points: 8.0

BISAC Subjects

JUVENILE FICTION / Historical / United States / 20th Century

JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / United States / Hispanic & Latino

By the author of 2021 Pura Belpr. Honor Book The Total Eclipse of Nestor Lopez , a sweeping, emotional middle grade historical novel about a twelve-year-old boy who leaves his family in Cuba to immigrate to the U.S. by himself, based on the author's family history. .I don.t remember. Tell me everything, Pepito. Tell me about Cuba.. When the failed Bay of Pigs invasion in 1961 solidifies Castro.s power in Cuba, twelve-year-old Cumba.s family makes the difficult decision to send him to Florida alone. Faced with the prospect of living in another country by himself, Cumba tries to remember the sound of his father.s clarinet, the smell of his mother.s lavender perfume. Life in the United States presents a whole new set of challenges. Lost in a sea of English speakers, Cumba has to navigate a new city, a new school, and new freedom all on his own. With each day, Cumba feels more confident in his new surroundings, but he continues to wonder: Will his family ever be whole again? Or will they remain just out of reach, ninety miles across the sea?
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