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On their Lion Island, young people of Cuba dream and rebel, by Margarita Engle (book review)
Songs for freedom, words as power – freedom from Spain, from slavery? Did you know about Chinese immigrants who fled to Cuba, escaping racist attacks in America? They struggled for freedom from unfair indenture alongside enslaved Africans during the days when Cuba sought its independence from Spain – so many stories forgotten, lost, found, retold. Look for this historical novel-in-verse at your local library or independent bookstore in hardcover or paperback. Could you leave your homeland for safety, then leave again? **kmm Book info: Lion Island: Cuba’s Warrior of Words / Margarita Engle. Atheneum Books for Young Readers, hardcover 2016, paperback 2017. [author site] [publisher site] Review copy and cover …