Review: The Lightning Dreamer: Cuba’s Greatest Abolitionist by Margarita Engle

Hardcover, 182 pages Published March 19th 2013 by HMH Books for Young Readers Source: Publisher “I envy the trees that grow at crossroads. They are never forced to decide which way to go…” I reviewed another book by Margarita Engle this year, The Poet Slave, which, too, discussed slavery in …

The Poet Slave of Cuba: A Biography of Juan Francisco Manzano by Margarita Engle with art by Sean Qualls

Hardcover, 192 pages Published April 4th 2006 by Henry Holt and Co. Source: Library Margarita Engle brings to vivid life the poet slave of Cuba, Juan Francisco Manzano. The book is based on a partial autobiography that Juan wrote after he escaped the slave owner and bought himself liberty. (The …