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Lion Island: Cuba's Warrior of Words Hardcover – August 30, 2016

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Editorial Reviews

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Gr 5–8—In this middle grade novel in verse, Engle transports readers to the world of 1870s Cuba. Antonio Chuffat is of African and Chinese descent and acts as a messenger for Chinese diplomats trying to argue for better conditions. While fighting for liberty for the Chinese, Antonio notices that no one is attempting to free the African side of his family. A beautifully written work that addresses social justice issues that are more important now than ever.


"[Lion Island] tenderly exposes the rage and hope that can exist within the same heart. A fierce portrait of a young man's discovery of power through words.", Kirkus Reviews

* “A beautifully written, thought-provoking work from a highly regarded author and poet.”, School Library Journal, starred review

“Once again, Engle weaves fact and fiction to create a lyrical tale. Like Antonio, readers will discover the power of words and the importance of documenting stories.”, Horn Book

“This poetic glimpse into Cuba’s troubled past shines a light on an important human-rights activist and will pique readers’ curiosity about Cuba’s complicated history.”, Booklist

“An engaging historical novel written in verse [that] touches upon many different themes, including privilege, equity, racism, and the power of words, and offers an intriguing view of Cuban history parallel to our own in the United States. It would be an exemplary addition to any library collection. Highly Recommended.”, School Library Connection

“Engle's characters speak eloquently about gender inequality, racial injustice, and becoming a "warrior of words" through diplomatic and written means.”, Publishers Weekly

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  • Grade level : 5 - 6
  • Lexile measure : 1110L
  • Item Weight : 10.4 ounces
  • Hardcover : 176 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1481461125
  • Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.25 inches
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1481461122
  • Publisher : Atheneum Books for Young Readers (August 30, 2016)
  • Reading level : 10 and up
  • Language: : English
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