Last year, in Berlin on the Night of Crystal my grandfather was killed while I held his hand. Daniel has escaped Nazi Germany with nothing but a desperate dream that he might one day find his parents again. But that golden land called New York has turned away the ship full of refugees, and Daniel finds himself in Cuba. As the tropical island begins to work its magic on him, the young refugee befriends a local girl with some painful secrets of her own. Yet even in Cuba, the Nazi darkness is never far away...? At once deeply personal and utterly universal, Tropical Secrets is a stunning new history in verse from award-winning poet Margarita Engle. From the Compact Disc edition.
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by Margarita Engle
by Stephen King
by S. Beth Atkin
by Tom Butler-Bowdon
by Kimberlee MacDonald
by Stephen Oates
by Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez
by Denene Millner, Angela Burt-Murray, Mitzi Miller
"This compelling story of Jewish refugees who sought asylum from the Nazis in Cuba between 1939 and 1942 is brought to life by the voices of Matt Green, V‡ne Millon, Ozzie Rodriquez, and Roberto Santana. The story is told in the first person and alternates between the points of view of Daniel, 13, who has escaped Nazi Germany; Paloma, 13, a local girl; and David, an elderly Jew who came to Cuba from Russia many years ago. The narrators' different accents reflect the diversity of the characters and their distinctive stories, adding a rich dimension to the production. Matt Green's portrayal of Daniel's culture shock and his hope of one day being reunited with his parents will especially resonate with listeners. A lot of historical information is packed into this moving story. L.A.C. (c) AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine"