Lion Island: Cuba's Warrior of Words - Margarita Engle

Staff Pick

In Lion Island (Atheneum, $16.99), the final volume in what award-winning author and poet Margarita Engle describes as a “loosely linked group of historical verse novels about the struggle against forced labor in nineteenth-century Cuba,” we meet historical figure Antonio Chuffat. This young, freeborn courier of African and Chinese descent becomes known as Cuba’s “warrior of words” thanks to his recording and collecting of laborers’ personal testimonies. Engle mirrors this accomplishment in her story, interweaving the fictional Chinese-American refugee twins Wing and Fan’s perspectives with Chuffat’s. As African slaves, Chinese indentured laborers, and Chinese Californians struggle to find freedom during Cuba’s own fight for independence from Spain, Engle once again demonstrates the power of words—not only those of Chuffat, but of her own as well. Ages 11-14.

Lion Island: Cuba's Warrior of Words By Margarita Engle Cover Image
ISBN: 9781481461122
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - August 30th, 2016