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“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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The poetic narrative in this book is admirable but I was easily confused by all the different storylines and characters with... Read more
I thought this would be sensational.
We studied Columbus's voyages and the beginnings of Spanish conquest. Read more
Another luminous novel in verse from Engle. The story is fascinating and the characters compelling. I love Engle's writing -- her word choice, phrasing, rhythm, everything!Published on August 10, 2012 by Lisa
Upon her arrival at Sparrow Road, Raine is greeted by Viktor, the elderly recluse and owner of the sprawling estate. Read morePublished on July 10, 2011 by The Flashlight Reader