Enchanted Air

Enchanted Air

A Cold War Memoir

eBook - 2015
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In this poetic memoir, Margarita Engle, the first Latina woman to receive a Newbery Honor, tells of growing up as a child of two cultures during the Cold War. Margarita is a girl from two worlds. Her heart lies in Cuba, her mother's tropical island country, a place so lush with vibrant life that it seems like a fairy tale kingdom. But most of the time she lives in Los Angeles, lonely in the noisy city and dreaming of the summers when she can take a plane through the enchanted air to her beloved island. Words and images are her constant companions, friendly and comforting when the children at school are not. Then a revolution breaks out in Cuba. Margarita fears for her far-away family. When the hostility between Cuba and the United States erupts at the Bay of Pigs Invasion, Margarita's worlds collide in the worst way possible. How can the two countries she loves hate each other so much' And will she ever get to visit her beautiful island again'
Publisher: New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, [2015]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781481435246
1481435248
148143523X
9781481435239
1481435221
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Characteristics: 1 online resource

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MrsSarahGrace
May 01, 2017

Reading Level- 6.1
Margarita is a girl from two worlds, coming from her mother’s tropical homeland of Cuba, but spending most of her time in noisy Los Angeles. Growing up as a child of two cultures, she struggles with her own identity as well as the typical challenges of childhood such as making friends, understanding the adult world around her, and hating her hair or her size or her glasses. When a revolution breaks out in Cuba, Margarita’s two worlds crash into each other. This memoir written as poetry portrays the historical significance of the relationship between Cuba and the US through the voice of a young girl.

Mark_Daly Aug 31, 2016

Engle's Cuban roots and her American upbringing give her a unique perspective on Cold War history. Her personal story incorporates reflections on the Cuban Revolution, the Bay of Pigs fiasco, the Cuban Missile Crisis, even a visit to Franco's Spain. Students may find this brief but quietly powerful work enlightening as supplemental reading for studies of the era.

JCLAngelicaR Jun 23, 2016

“Enchanted Air” resonates with me on a very personal level. Being an immigrant, I agree with Engle that “it really is possible to feel like two people at the same time”. Engle’s revelations sound very true and reassuring. Civil war, cold war, tyranny? Quite accurately depicted feelings about all these murky things in life. And yes, there is hope there, “all I know about the future is that it will be beautiful.”
This poetic memoir is very personal and at the same time universally applicable. A beautiful and touching read.

kirstd31 Mar 15, 2016

I really enjoyed this book. It was a fast read and I learned a lot.

mvkramer Feb 25, 2016

A novel in verse about a young girl growing up between nations in the 1960's. A thoughtful, well-crafted book.

PimaLib_JaneD Sep 28, 2015

Filled with historical references to events that changed world history, the author's voice speaks of how her life was changed in ways that seem just as dramatic. Very thought provoking.

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Mark_Daly Aug 31, 2016

Sexual Content: A brief mention of preadolescent romance.

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"Travel opens the heart and challenges the mind. ...Travel teaches compassion."

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