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by Margarita Engle


“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 Gómez de Avellaneda, nicknamed Tula. 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 round out this exceptional tribute. 

The Lightning Dreamer: Cuba's Abolitionist

SKU: 9780544541122
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  • ISBN-13: 9780544541122

    Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publication

    date: 3/19/2013

    Pages: 192

    Binding: Paperback

    Age range: 12 - 17 Years


    - Juvenile Fiction | Biographical - Historical 

    - Social Issues - Gaomez de Avellaneda y Arteaga, Gertrudis

    - Authors, Cuban - 19th century -Feminists - Cuba -Abolitionists

    - History -1810-1899 - Novels in verse 

  • A 2014 Pura Belpré Author Honor Book

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