Margarita Engle Books In Order

Enchanted Air Books In Publication Order

  1. Enchanted Air (2015)
  2. Soaring Earth (2019)

Standalone Novels In Publication Order

  1. Singing to Cuba (1993)
  2. Skywriting (1995)
  3. The Firefly Letters (2010)
  4. Hurricane Dancers (2011)
  5. The Wild Book (2012)
  6. The Lightning Dreamer (2013)
  7. Lion Island: Cuba’s Warrior of Words (2016)
  8. Morning Star Horse (2017)
  9. Forest World (2017)
  10. Jazz Owls (2019)
  11. With a Star in My Hand (2020)
  12. Your Heart My Sky (2021)
  13. Rima’s Rebellion (2022)

Picture Books In Publication Order

  1. Summer Birds (2010)
  2. Tiny Rabbit’s Big Wish (2014)
  3. Drum Dream Girl (2015)
  4. Orangutanka (2015)
  5. Bravo! (2017)
  6. All the Way to Havana (2017)
  7. The Flying Girl (2018)
  8. A Dog Named Haku (2018)
  9. Dancing Hands (2019)
  10. A Song of Frutas (2021)
  11. Light for All (2021)

Collections In Publication Order

  1. The Surrender Tree (2008)
  2. The Sky Painter (2015)
  3. Miguel’s Brave Knight (2017)
  4. Dreams from Many Rivers (2019)

Non-Fiction Books In Publication Order

  1. The Poet Slave of Cuba: A Biography of Juan Francisco Manzano (2006)
  2. Tropical Secrets: Holocaust Refugees in Cuba (2009)
  3. Mountain Dog (2013)
  4. Silver People: Voices from the Panama Canal (2014)

Anthologies In Publication Order

  1. Because of Shoe and Other Dog Stories (2012)

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Margarita Engle Books Overview

The Firefly Letters

The freedom to roam is something that women and girls in Cuba do not have. Yet when Fredrika Bremer visits from Sweden in 1851 to learn about the people of this magical island, she is accompanied by Cecilia, a young slave who longs for her lost home in Africa. Soon Elena, the wealthy daughter of the house, sneaks out to join them. As the three women explore the lush countryside, they form a bond that breaks the barriers of language and culture. In this quietly powerful new book, award winning poet Margarita Engle paints a portrait of early women’s rights pioneer Fredrika Bremer and the journey to Cuba that transformed her life.

Summer Birds

In the Middle Ages, people believed that insects were evil, born from mud in a process called spontaneous generation. Maria Merian was only a child, but she disagreed. She watched carefully as caterpillars spun themselves cocoons, which opened to reveal Summer Birds, or butterflies and moths. Maria studied the whole life cycle of the Summer Birds, and documented what she learned in vibrant paintings. This is the story of one young girl who took the time to observe and learn, and in so doing disproved a theory that went all the way back to ancient Greece.

The Surrender Tree

How can there bea little war?Are some deathssmaller than others,leaving motherswho weepa little less?Cuba has fought three wars for independence, and still she is not free. Her people have been rounded up in reconcentration camps, where there is always too little food and too much illness. Rosa knows how to heal sickness with medicines made from wild plants. But with a price on her head for helping the rebels, Rosa dares not go out in the open. Instead, she turns hidden caves into hospitals for those who know how to find her. Black, white, Cuban, Spanish Rosa does her best for everyone, even Lieutenant Death, who has sworn to kill her. Yet who can heal a country so torn apart by war? In this history in verse, acclaimed poet Margarita Engle has created a lyrical, powerful portrait of Cuba.

The Poet Slave of Cuba: A Biography of Juan Francisco Manzano

A lyrical biography of a Cuban slave who escaped to become a celebrated poet.

Born into the household of a wealthy slave owner in Cuba in 1797, Juan Francisco Manzano spent his early years by the side of a woman who made him call her Mama, even though he had a mama of his own. Denied an education, young Juan still showed an exceptional talent for poetry. His verses reflect the beauty of his world, but they also expose its hideous cruelty. Powerful, haunting poems and breathtaking illustrations create a portrait of a life in which even the pain of slavery could not extinguish the capacity for hope.

Tropical Secrets: Holocaust Refugees in Cuba

Last year, in Berlinon the Night of Crystalmy grandfather was killedwhile I held his hand. Daniel has escaped Na*zi Germany with nothing but a desperate dream that he might one day find his parents again. But that golden land called New York has turned away the ship full of refugees, and Daniel finds himself in Cuba. As the tropical island begins to work its magic on him, the young refugee befriends a local girl with some painful secrets of her own. Yet even in Cuba, the Na*zi darkness is never far away…
. At once deeply personal and utterly universal, Tropical Secrets is a stunning new history in verse from award winning poet Margarita Engle.

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