Silver People: Voices from the Panama Canal

By ENGLE, Margarita

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ISBN
9780544109414
Publisher
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt


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School Library Journal

Reviewed on March 1, 2014  |  Grades 5-8

Gr 6–9—It is 1906, and the race to build the Panama Canal is wide reaching. There is nothing 14-year-old Mateo desires more than to escape his Cuban home and his abusive, war-ravaged father. Armed only with his courage and lies that provide him passage, he heads to Panama in hopes of finding a future building the canal. What he discovers, however, is perilous work and harsh inequality. This masterfully written novel in verse brings to life every bit...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Magazine

Reviewed on March 1, 2014

Of the thousands of people from around the world who helped build the Panama Canal, the voices of the dark-skinned workers have been seldom heard. Known as the "silver people" because they were paid in silver (lighter-skinned workers were paid in gold), they got little respite from backbreaking labor, certainly not in the horrendous living quarters to which they were assigned. In melodic verses, Engle offers the voices of three such workers: Mateo, a fourteen-year-old Cuban...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Guide

Reviewed on January 1, 2014

In melodic verses, Engle offers the voices of the dark-skinned workers (known as the "silver people"), whose backbreaking labor helped bui...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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