Title: Soaring Earth
Author’s Name: Margarita Engle
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Genre: YA Culture and Memoir
Page Count: 192 Pages
ISBN: 1534429530 (ISBN13: 9781534429536)
Author or Book Website: http://margaritaengle.com/
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Release Date: N/A
How I Got the Book: Review Copy
Summary of the Book:
In this powerful companion to her award-winning memoir Enchanted Air, Young People’s Poet Laureate Margarita Engle recounts her teenage years during the turbulent 1960s.
Margarita Engle’s childhood straddled two worlds: the lush, welcoming island of Cuba and the lonely, dream-soaked reality of Los Angeles. But the revolution has transformed Cuba into a mystery of impossibility, no longer reachable in real life. Margarita longs to travel the world, yet before she can become independent, she’ll have to start high school.
Then the shock waves of war reach America, rippling Margarita’s plans in their wake. Cast into uncertainty, she must grapple with the philosophies of peace, civil rights, freedom of expression, and environmental protection. Despite overwhelming circumstances, she finds solace and empowerment through her education. Amid the challenges of adolescence and a world steeped in conflict, Margarita finds hope beyond the struggle, and love in the most unexpected of places.
My Personal Review: I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. It has been awhile since I have read a memoir. I know this is a companion book to another book she has written. I love the way that she describes things and how she relies each memory. There were moments that I could relate to and that made me feel closer to the author. That is something that I enjoy when it comes to reading genres like this one.
My Rating of the Book: 4 Stars