The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba’s Struggle for Freedom

The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba's Struggle for Freedom, written by Margarita Engle, published by Henry Holt Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Macmillan Children's Publishing Group.   Allied with the rebels fighting for independence, Rosa, born a slave and a healer, responds to bloodshed by healing compatriots and enemies alike. Moving from cave to cave in the mountains, Rosa, her husband Jose and Silvia, a child they heal and nurture, commit to peace with each herb they gather, each wound they dress, each spirit they soothe. Free verse poems in four distinct voices intertwine Cuban history, Engle's own family story, and historical fiction to create a searing, evocative portrait of healers who worked for peace so young people could '... have their chance/to dream/of new ways/to feel free...' Winner for Older Children, 2009.

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