The Lightning Dreamer: Cuba's Greatest Abolitionist
Opposing slavery in Cuba in the nineteenth century was dangerous. The most daring abolitionists were poets who veiled their work in metaphor. Of these, the boldest was Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda, nicknamed Tula. In passionate, accessible free verse, Engle evokes the voice of this book-loving feminist and abolitionist who bravely resisted an arranged marriage at the age of fourteen and was ultimately courageous enough to fight against injustice. Historical notes, excerpts, and source notes round out this exceptional tribute.
Age Level: Middle Grade (9-14)
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Book Series: Coming of Age: Important Choices Novels in Verse: Hispanic Heritage Historical Fiction: Hispanic Heritage (Grades 6-12) Stories Told in Letters and Verse