Poetry Friday: Margarita Engle

In this audio clip, author Margarita Engle shares the backstory for her 2009 Newbery Honor book and 2009 Pura Belpré-winning book, The Surrender Tree: Poem’s of Cuba’s Struggle for Freedom (Henry Holt, 2008). Learn about the life of the character, Rosa, a freed slave and a healer in Engle’s book of free verse poems.

Listen to Margarita Engle introduce The Surrender Tree and read a poem from it.

A favorite line from Part II:

Can it be true that freedom only exists
when it is a treasure,
shared by all?

Poetry Friday is hosted at Some Novel Ideas this week.

Posted by Danika Brubaker, MLS, Author and Publisher Liaison Librarian

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