Hurricane Dancers

The First Caribbean Pirate Shipwreck

By Margarita Engle
(Henry Holt & Company, Hardcover, 9780805092400, 160pp.)

Publication Date: March 15, 2011

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Description

Quebrado has been traded from pirate ship to ship in the Caribbean Sea for as long as he can remember. The sailors he toils under call him "el quebrado"--half islander, half outsider, a broken one. Now the pirate captain Bernardino de Talavera uses Quebrado as a translator to help navigate the worlds and words between his mother's Taino Indian language and his father's Spanish.

But when a hurricane sinks the ship and most of its crew, it is Quebrado who escapes to safety. He learns how to live on land again, among people who treat him well. And it is he who must decide the fate of his former captors. Latino interest.




About the Author
Margarita Engle is a Cuban-American poet and novelist whose work has been published in many countries. Her books include "The Surrender Tree", a Newbery Honor book and winner of the Jane Addams Children's Book Award, the Pura Belpre Award, the Americas Award, and the Claudia Lewis Poetry Award; "The Poet Slave of Cuba", winner of the Pura Belpre Award and the Americas Award; "Tropical Secrets"; "The Firefly Letters"; "Hurricane Dancers"; "The Wild Book"; "The Lightning Dreamer"; and "Silver People". She lives with her husband in Northern California. Visit her at MargaritaEngle.com.


Praise For Hurricane Dancers

“The unique juxtaposition of poetry and cruelty creates a peculiar literary tension.” --VOYA

“Once again, Engle fictionalizes historical fact in a powerful, original story.”--Booklist, STARRED REVIEW

“Unique and inventive, this is highly readable historical fiction that provides plenty of fodder for discussion.”--School Library Journal

“Like intersecting rip tides, several first-person narratives converge in this verse novel of the sixteenth century.”--Horn Book Magazine

“…the subject matter is an excellent introduction to the age of exploration and its consequences, showing slavery sinking its insidious roots in the Americas and the price paid by those who were there first.”--Publishers Weekly

“Taken individually the stories are slight, but they work together elegantly; the notes and back matter make this a great choice for classroom use.”--Kirkus Reviews

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