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Lion Island : Cuba's warrior of words

Author: Margarita Engle
Publisher: New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, [2016]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : Juvenile audience : English : First EditionView all editions and formats
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Asia, Africa, Europe - Antonio's ancestors clashed and blended on the beautiful island of Cuba. Yet for most Cubans, life is anything but beautiful. The country is fighting for freedom from Spain. Enslaved Africans and near-enslaved Chinese indentured servants are forced to work long, backbreaking hours in the fields. So Antonio feels lucky to have found a good job as a messenger, where his richly blended cultural  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Historical fiction
Junior
Juvenile fiction
Fiction
Named Person: Antonio Chuffat Latour; Antonio Chuffat Latour
Material Type: Fiction, Juvenile audience
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Margarita Engle
ISBN: 9781481461122 1481461125 9781481461139 1481461133
OCLC Number: 944954756
Awards: 2017 Notable Children's Trade Book/Social Studies.
Target Audience: Ages 10 up.
Description: 163 pages ; 22 cm
Responsibility: Margarita Engle.

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Asia, Africa, Europe - Antonio's ancestors clashed and blended on the beautiful island of Cuba. Yet for most Cubans, life is anything but beautiful. The country is fighting for freedom from Spain. Enslaved Africans and near-enslaved Chinese indentured servants are forced to work long, backbreaking hours in the fields. So Antonio feels lucky to have found a good job as a messenger, where his richly blended cultural background is an asset. Through his work he meets Wing, a young Chinese fruit seller who barely escaped the anti-Asian riots in San Francisco, and his sister Fan, a talented singer. With injustice all around them, the three friends are determined that, in this time of violent rebellion and slavery, guns will not be the only way to gain liberty. Haunting yet hopeful, this is the story of a young man who became a champion of civil rights for those who could not speak for themselves. -- from dust jacket.

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"Engle's characters speak eloquently about gender inequality, racial injustice, and becoming a "warrior of words" through diplomatic and written means." * Publishers Weekly * "An engaging historical Read more...

 
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