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The red umbrella
Gonzalez, Christina Diaz
Children's Fiction GONZALE

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In this compelling, atmospheric first novel that begins in postrevolutionary Cuba, Gonzalez sketches the immigration experience of thousands of children sent to the United States through likable 14-year-old narrator Lucia. Initially, politics feel removed from Lucia's life ("I was growing tired of constantly hearing about the revolution, but I privately thanked Castro for postponing my algebra test"). However, Gonzales believably escalates harrowing political events and their personal cost to Lucia's family, as she finds the family doctor hung from an oak tree, and her father is detained after someone betrays the family's hidden stash of money and jewelry. The situation forces Lucia's parents to send Lucia and her seven-year-old brother, Frankie, to America while they await visas. Debut author Gonzalez excels at highlighting the cultural difficulties of their transition, as Lucia and Frankie eventually end up living with a foster family in rural-and quite foreign-Nebraska. Contemporary newspaper headlines such as the 1961 Nevada State Journal's "Castro Adopts Brainwashing" lead each chapter and offer wider commentary. The memorable heroine and supporting cast offer a moving portrait of resilience and reinvention. Ages 10-up. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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