By Enrique Flores-Galbis
(Roaring Brook Press, Hardcover, 9781596431669, 176pp.)
Publication Date: March 6, 2007
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Wealthy landowner Don Rigol practically owns the town. To expand his coffee plantation, he will lay waste the mountain jungle and the secret valley where the ancient breed of Paso Fino horses roams wild. Can best friends Enriquito and Ernestina find a way to save the ponies, ensure justice at a trumped-up trial, and reclaim the mountain for their people? Will they rescue lost Indian treasure guarded by a mighty cayman with a golden chain around his neck?
Enrique's panoramas and landscapes of his native Cuba have been shown in many museums and galleries. A noted portrait painter, Enrique Flores-Galbis lectures at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. This is his first book.
2008 Américas Award Honorable Mentions
...The Américas Award is given in recognition of U.S. works of fiction, poetry, folklore, or selected non-fiction (from picture books to works for young adults) published in the previous year in English or Spanish that authentically and engagingly portray Latin America, the Caribbean, or Latinos in the United States. By combining both and linking the Americas, the award reaches beyond geographic borders, as well as multicultural-international boundaries, focusing instead upon cultural heritages within the hemisphere. The award is sponsored by the national Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs (CLASP).
The award winners and commended titles are selected for their 1) distinctive literary quality; 2) cultural contextualization; 3) exceptional integration of text, illustration and design; and 4) potential for classroom use. The winning books will be honored at a ceremony during Hispanic Heritage Month at the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.