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Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings, A Memoir

ISBN-10: 148143523X
ISBN-13: 9781481435239
Author: Engle, Margarita
Illustrated by: Rodriguez, Edel
Interest Level: 7-A
Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Publication Date: August 2016

Copyright: 2015

Page Count: 224


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Interest Level

Grades 7-A

Reading Level

Lexile: 1120L
Accelerated Reader Level: 6.1
Accelerated Reader Points: 2.0

BISAC Subjects

YOUNG ADULT NONFICTION / People & Places / United States / Hispanic & Latino *

YOUNG ADULT NONFICTION / Poetry *

Description
In this poetic memoir, Margarita Engle, the first Latina woman to receive a Newbery Honor, tells of growing up as a child of two cultures during the Cold War. Margarita is a girl from two worlds. Her heart lies in Cuba, her mother's tropical island country, a place so lush with vibrant life that it seems like a fairy tale kingdom. But most of the time she lives in Los Angeles, lonely in the noisy city and dreaming of the summers when she can take a plane through the enchanted air to her beloved island. Words and images are her constant companions, friendly and comforting when the children at school are not. Then a revolution breaks out in Cuba. Margarita fears for her far-away family. When the hostility between Cuba and the United States erupts at the Bay of Pigs Invasion, Margarita's worlds collide in the worst way possible. How can the two countries she loves hate each other so much? And will she ever get to visit her beautiful island again?
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