The Lightning Dreamer: Cuba's Greatest Abolitionist

ISBN-10: 054454112X
ISBN-13: 9780544541122
Author: Engle, Margarita
Interest Level: 7-12
Publisher: HarperCollins

Publication Date: September 2015

Copyright: 2013

Page Count: 192

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Interest Level

Grades 7-12

Reading Level

Lexile: 1070L
Accelerated Reader Level: 6.7
Accelerated Reader Points: 2.0

BISAC Subjects


YOUNG ADULT NONFICTION / People & Places / Caribbean & Latin America *

YOUNG ADULT NONFICTION / Biography & Autobiography / Literary *

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 Gertrude Gomez de Avellaneda, nicknamed Tula. In this fictionalized biography, the author evokes the voice of the 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.
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