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Contributor(s): Flores-Galbis, Enrique

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ISBN: 1250005590     ISBN-13: 9781250005595
Publisher: Square Fish
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Published: September 2012
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Annotation: When Julian's parents send him and his two brothers away from Cuba to Miami via the Pedro Pan Operation, the boys are thrust into a new world where bullies run rampant and it's not always clear how best to protect themselves. By the author of Raining Sardines.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Cuba; History; Revolution, 1959; Juvenile fiction.
Boys; Fiction.
Brothers; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | People & Places | United States
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | Emigration & Immigration
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: bl2012033910
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 3-4, Age 8-9
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.00" H x 5.50" W x 1.00" (0.50 lbs) 292 pages
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q57796
Reading Level: 5.2   Interest Level: Grades 6-8   Point Value: 16.0
 
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Contributor Bio(s):

Enrique Flores-Galbis, at age nine, was one of 14,000 children who left Cuba in 1961, without their parents, in a mass exodus called "Operation Pedro Pan." He and his two older brothers spent months in a refugee camp in southern Florida; this historical novel is inspired by that experience. The author of Raining Sardines, Enrique lives in Forest Hills, New York, with his family.



Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2011 Spring)
Julian's parents send him and his brothers away from Havana's violence to Miami as part of Operation Pedro Pan. Unfortunately, there the boys are initiated into a culture of bullies and gangs. In this coming-of-age story based on Flores-Galbis's own experiences, readers get an authentic glimpse of the struggles of children living on their own and far from their homeland. Copyright 2010 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by PW Annex Reviews (Publishers Weekly Annex Reviews)

In this eye-opening historical novel that takes place after the Cuban revolution in the 1960s, three brothers are sent to Florida by their parents (through Operation Pedro Pan) where they must adapt to an uncertain and, at times, unfriendly new home. The main character, Julian, and his two older brothers find themselves in a rundown children's camp, where they are forced to endure the taunts and maltreatment of the belligerent, unchallenged bully, Caballo. Flores-Galbis ably portrays the harsh realities these young Cuban immigrants faced: little hope of reunification with family members, dwindling resources, and insufficient government support, while also conveying their resilience in the face of emotional upheaval. Along with Julian, readers will learn about the complicated social and political climate of his home country, and as he plans a revolt against Caballo's abuses, Flores-Galbis alludes to similarities between the camp's dictator and those in power in Cuba. Julian further asserts his ingenuity and dogged determination by helping a fellow Cuban sail back to their native land to rescue 15 other refugees, proving himself a capable and worthy protagonist. Ages 9–12. (Aug.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2010 August)

Gr 4–7—Based on Flores-Galbis's experiences, this novel is deeply affecting. In 1961, Julian and his two brothers leave Cuba with 14,000 other children, in what is known as "Operation Pedro Pan." History comes alive through the author's dazzling use of visual imagery and humor, which ranges from light to dark. This book is sophisticated, but can be read on many levels. Most children will be able to relate to the terror and excitement that Julian feels when he is separated from his brothers and all alone in an orphanage in Miami. The writing is poetic, yet clear as glass, and the gorgeous sentences do not slow down the briskly paced plot. Julian emerges as a more endearing, likable character with every page, and readers will be fully absorbed in his journey. The only minor disappointment is toward the end, when the narrator's heroism in helping strangers distracts readers from the more meaningful, long-awaited reunion with his family. Reluctant readers might need some help in early chapters, but once Julian's adventure begins in earnest, it's hard to imagine any child putting this book down.—Jess deCourcy Hinds, Bard High School Early College Queens, Long Island City, NY

[Page 99]. Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.
 
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