Aire Encantado: Dos Cultures, Dos Alas, Una Memoria (Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings, A Memoir)

ISBN-10: 1534404279
ISBN-13: 9781534404274
Author: Engle, Margarita
Illustrated by: Rodriguez, Edel
Interest Level: 7-12
Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Publication Date: August 2017

Copyright: 0

Page Count: 208

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Interest Level

Grades 7-12

Reading Level

Accelerated Reader Level: 6.1
Accelerated Reader Points: 2.0

BISAC Subjects

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


In this poetic memoir, which won the Pura Belpre Author Award and was named a Walter Dean Myers Award Honoree, acclaimed author Margarita Engle 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-sources of comfort 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 into 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?