Lion Island: Cuba's Warrior of Words

By ENGLE, Margarita

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ISBN
9781481461122
Publisher
S. & S. Atheneum


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School Library Journal

Starred Review on June 1, 2016  |  Middle Grade

Gr 5–8—Engle transports readers to the world of 1870s Cuba, where Chinese indentured laborers struggle for freedom in a complex atmosphere of rebellion and injustice. The first narrator, Antonio Chuffat, acts as a messenger for Chinese diplomats trying to argue for better conditions. He meets Wing and Fan, refugees who escaped the anti-Chinese San Francisco riots for Cuba, and their perspectives add depth to the narrative. Ant...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Magazine

Reviewed on August 1, 2016

In this last chapter in her series of verse novels about the struggle "against forced labor in nineteenth-century Cuba" (The Poet Slave of Cuba: A Biography of Juan Francisco Manzano, rev. 7/06, and companions), Engle tells the story of Cuba's Chinese indentured workers through the eyes of Antonio Chuffat, a Chinese African Cuban boy. Antonio wants desperately to help the laborers who seek freedom from the indenture system, with its endlessly renewing eight-year contracts, but...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Guide

Reviewed on April 1, 2016

Engle (<i>The Poet Slave of Cuba</i> and companions) tells of nineteenth-century Cuba's Chinese indentured workers through Antonio Chuff...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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