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Forest World
Forest World | Margarita Engle
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From award-winning author Margarita Engle comes a lively middle grade novel in verse that tells the story of a Cuban-American boy who visits his familys village in Cuba for the first timeand meets a sister he didnt know he had. Edver isnt happy about being shipped off to Cuba to visit the father he barely knows. The island is a place that no one in Miami ever mentions without a sigh, but travel laws have suddenly changed, and now its a lot easier for divided families to be reunited. Technology in Cuba hasnt caught up with the times, though, and Edver is expecting a long, boring summer. He was NOT expecting to meet a sister he didnt know he had. Luza is a year older and excited to see her little brother, until she realizes what a spoiled American he is. Looking for somethinganythingthey might have in common, the siblings sneak onto the Internet, despite it being forbidden in Cuba, and make up a fake butterfly. Maybe now their cryptozoologist mother will come to visit. But their message is intercepted by a dangerous poacher, and suddenly much more than their family is at stake. Edver and Luza have to find a way to overcome their differences to save the Cuban jungle that they both have grown to love.
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Plaidsticks
Forest World | Margarita Engle
Mehso-so

Another #mordecaireads that I forgot to snap a pic of. We read this one for homeschool book club (and then no one showed up 🤦🏻‍♀️) and...I understand why they picked it but it was not at all up Mor‘s alley. Also written in poem form with switching narrators so it was really hard for him to follow what was happening. Led to good discussions about immigration and conservation, but in his words, “We read that boring book for nothing!?”

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BookInMyHands
Forest World | Margarita Engle
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Pickpick

#middlegrademay

For the first time since their immigration, Edver's mother is sending him back to Cuba to see the father he doesn't remember.

This novel in verse is a family story with an ecological mystery twist. With her poetry Engle captures strong emotions- love, fear, and the need to belong.

#crossculturalstories
#immigrationstory