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The surrender tree : poems of Cuba's struggle for freedom
Margarita Engle
Teen Nonfiction PS3555.N4254 S87 2008

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Summary: It is 1896. Cuba has fought three wars for independence and still is not free. People have been rounded up in reconcentration camps with too little food and too much illness. Rosa is a nurse, but she dares not go to the camps. So she turns hidden caves into hospitals for those who know how to find her. Black, white, Cuban, Spanish--Rosa does her best for everyone. Yet who can heal a country so torn apart by war? Acclaimed poet Margarita Engle has created another breathtaking portrait of Cuba. The Surrender Tree is a 2009 Newbery Honor Book, the winner of the 2009 Pura Belpre Medal for Narrative and the 2009 Bank Street - Claudia Lewis Award, and a 2009 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.


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main characters Rosa
Female
Cuban
Nurse; tries to help anyone that is sick.

Jose
Male
Cuban
Rose's husband; helps wife build temporary hospitals.

Silvia
Female
Orphan
Escaped from slavery to learn from Rosa.

Lieutenant Death
Male
Cuban
Wants to rid the world of people like Rosa.



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