"I find it so easy to forget / that I'm just a girl who is expected / to live / without thoughts."
Opposing slavery in Cuba in the nineteenth century was dangerous. The most daring abolitionists were poets who veiled their work in metaphor. Of these, the boldest was Gertrudis Gomez de Avellaneda, nicknamed Tula. But she didn't start out believing that she could change the world, and to do so, she would have to defy her family, her culture, and all the expectations put on a girl of her day.
In passionate, accessible verses of her own, Engle evokes the voice of this book-loving feminist and abolitionist who bravely resisted an arranged marriage at the age of fourteen, and was ultimately courageous enough to fight against injustice. Historical notes, excerpts, and source notes in this novel in verse round out this exceptional tribute.
"Engle’s historical novel in verse is a fictionalized biography of the nineteenth-century Cuban abolitionist poet Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda, known as Tula. Told in multiple voices, Engle’s elegant verses, rich in simile and metaphor, focus on the poet’s life as a teenager....Engle’s richly evocative verses conjure up a time when women, like slaves, were regarded as property to be sold into loveless marriages. This is the context for a splendid novel that celebrates one brave woman who rejected a constrained existence with enduring words that continue to sing of freedom." -- Michael Cart, Booklist
|Recommended Age||13 and up|
|Publication Date||Mar 19, 2013|
|Publisher||HMH Books for Young Readers|
|Award Winners||Pura Belpré Award|