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Forest world, Margarita Engle

Label
Forest world
Title
Forest world
Statement of responsibility
Margarita Engle
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Sent to Cuba to visit the father he barely knows, Edver is surprised to meet a half-sister, Luza, whose plan to lure their cryptozoologist mother into coming there, too, turns dangerous
Storyline
Character
Review
  • Grades 5-8 /* Starred Review */ Eleven-year-old Edver, who lives with his cryptozoologist mother in Miami, is surprised when Mom decides he should spend the summer in Cuba with Papi (she’s off to Fiji for work), and later shocked to learn that he has a 12-year-old sister, Luza. It takes a while for the wary siblings to establish a rapport: he’s a science nerd who loves computer games, while she’s artistic and feels abandoned by their mother. In an attempt to lure Mom to the island, they post an online message about a new butterfly species, and unwittingly attract a wildlife poacher instead. Told by Edver and Luza in alternating free verse poems, Engle’s multidimensional characters often exhibit behaviors that mirror global relationships between Cuba and the U.S., where misinformation can lead to distrust. Luza is jealous of her brother’s comparative wealth, while Edver is confused about why Mom kept his sister a secret. While reveling in the beauty of the forest (a World Biosphere Reserve) that Papi protects, Engle does not sugarcoat economic realities in contemporary Cuba. Luza and her family must hitchhike to travel any distance, stand in line for ration coupons, and have little or no access to modern technology. A beautifully written eco-adventure, this is also a thoughtful exploration of the realities faced by families separated by 90 miles and politics. -- Weisman, Kay (Reviewed 7/1/2017) (Booklist, vol 113, number 21, p57)
  • /* Starred Review */ In an evocative verse novel told in alternating voices, Engle (Lion Island) explores the challenges faced by “half-island half-mainland Cuban American families” after relations soften between the U.S. and Cuba. Eleven-year-old Edver has lived with his mother, a cryptozoologist, in Miami for most of his life. Luza is the 12-year-old sister Edver is surprised to meet when he arrives, alone, in the remote Cuban village of La Selva, from which he and his mother fled 10 years earlier. The siblings, both conflicted about the mother who separated them and abandoned Luza, find common ground in their love for the natural world their parents protect (their father patrols the forest for poachers). Trying to lure their mother to Cuba, the two unwittingly create a dangerous situation they must remedy. Filled with butterflies, hummingbirds, forest creatures, and fossils, Engle’s affirming story is valuable both for the way the sciences inform it and for its careful attention to the relations between the Cubans who stayed and those who left the island. The late danger is fixed rather hastily, but the open-ended conclusion is realistically satisfying. Ages 10–up. Agent: Michelle Humphrey, Martha Kaplan Agency. (Aug.) --Staff (Reviewed 06/12/2017) (Publishers Weekly, vol 264, issue 24, p)
  • Young People's Poet Laureate Engle (Enchanted Air, 2016, etc.) brings readers the alternating poetic voices of a brother and sister navigating the complexity of their family dynamics and of "twenty-first-century attitudes / toward nature." Cuban-born, Miami-raised Edver, ne Verde, is sent by his cryptozoologist mother to Cuba to meet his father, not knowing that he has a sister just one year older waiting for him as well. Twelve-year-old Luza, nee Azul, is eager to meet her younger brother but soon feels the disparity in how they have grown up. Neither sibling understands the choices the adults in their lives have made—choices that have kept these two who could be twins, one with curly, one with straight hair, but both with "the same reddish-brown skin, black eyes, / fierce glares, and reversed names," apart. Edver and Luza come together when they find themselves protecting the forest world they love. Readers may be unsatisfied with the unsurprising denouement, but the book arrives at a realistic open ending, and the poetic journey is one of rich juxtapositions between the real and the marvelous, technology and nature, science and art, past histories and possible futures. An addition that delicately illustrates the Cuban-American experience through a poetic and scientific lens not often seen. (glossary of biodiversity words) (Verse fiction. 9-12)(Kirkus Reviews, June 15, 2017)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10573112
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Engle, Margarita
Index
no index present
Intended audience
10 up
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 5
  • 8
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True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Brothers and sisters
  • Families
  • Forests and forestry
  • Poaching
  • Cuba
Target audience
pre adolescent
Label
Forest world, Margarita Engle
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
188 pages
Isbn
9781481490573
Lccn
2016046561
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Stock number
BRO-copy20170911-074
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn973120081
  • (OCoLC)973120081
  • 478885
  • 487591
  • 487591
Label
Forest world, Margarita Engle
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
188 pages
Isbn
9781481490573
Lccn
2016046561
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Stock number
BRO-copy20170911-074
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn973120081
  • (OCoLC)973120081
  • 478885
  • 487591
  • 487591

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