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The Lightning Dreamer

Cuba's Greatest Abolitionist

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.

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Copyright year 2013
ISBN-13 9780547807430
ISBN-10 0547807430
Class Copyright
Publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Subject Fiction;Juvenile Fiction
File Size 25 MB
Number of Pages 192
Shelf No. KQ989
Grade Range 7
Ages 12
Lexile 1070L