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The Firefly Letters: A Suffragette's Journey to Cuba

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The freedom to roam is something that women and girls in Cuba do not have. Yet when Fredrika Bremer visits from Sweden in 1851 to learn about the people of this magical island, she is accompanied by Cecilia, a young slave who longs for her lost home in Africa. Soon Elena, the wealthy daughter of the house, sneaks out to join them. As the three women explore the lush countryside, they form a bond that breaks the barriers of language and culture.

In this quietly powerful new book, award-winning poet Margarita Engle paints a portrait of early women's rights pioneer Fredrika Bremer and the journey to Cuba that transformed her life.

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"This slim, elegant volume opens the door to discussions of slavery, women’s rights, and the economic disparity between rich and poor." -- Publisher's Weekly

About the Author:

Margarita Engle is a Cuban American poet, novelist, and journalist whose work has been published in many countries. She is the author of young adult nonfiction books and novels in verse including The Surrender Tree, a Newbery Honor Book, The Poet Slave of Cuba, Hurricane Dancers, and Tropical Secrets.

Product Details

Recommended Age 10 and up
Author Margarita Engle
ISBN 0805090827
Publication Date Mar 16, 2010
Publisher Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Award Winners Pura Belpré Award
Language English