Enchanted Air

Enchanted Air

Two Cultures, Two Wings : A Memoir

Book - 2015 | First edition
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Offers an account of the first fourteen years of the author's life in poems, telling of her time spent between her mother's native Cuba and her home in Los Angeles, until the revolution in Cuba dramatically alters relations between the two countries she loves.
Publisher: New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, c2015
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781481435239
Branch Call Number: JUV FIC Eng
Characteristics: 192 pages ; 22 cm


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Vero_biblio Oct 16, 2018

Which is best : your home, or that magical place where you came from but have never seen? à

Experience the emotional journey of a tween immigrant from Cuba, who lived in the United States at a time when the two countries where at odds. A breathtaking short read, beautifully written.

CMLibrary_vbright Apr 05, 2018

In this award-winning verse novel, Margarita Engle recounts her experiences growing up as a Cuban American. While the depictions of Cuba are invigorating and her love for the island is palpable, the text is also tinged with a sadness that keeps it grounded. From her struggle to balance her dual identity to finding new friends to missing her grandmother, readers will easily connect with the day to day issues faced by the young Margarita. However, more importantly, the text provides a view into the life of Cuban Americans during the early years of the Cold War as Engle recounts her family's experiences during and after the Cuban Revolution, the Bay of Pigs Invasion, and the Cuban Missile Crisis.

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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May 14, 2017

black_panther_721 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 11 and 18

Mark_Daly Aug 31, 2016

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Mark_Daly Aug 31, 2016

Sexual Content: A brief mention of preadolescent romance.


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Mark_Daly Aug 31, 2016

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


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