Winner of a Pura Belpre Award, this middle grade Cuban American coming-of-age novel is inspired by the author's own experience. When Julian's parents make the heartbreaking decision to 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.
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"Author and narrator Enrique Flores-Galbis is a master of duality in this nuanced story of the Cuban revolution. His writing and narration are superb. In both, his humble style of storytelling is arresting. When revolution comes to Cuba, Julian is just a boy. He doesnÕt even know what a revolution is. In leaving Cuba and losing his family, Julian finds new ways in which heÕs both vulnerable and strong. Flores-GalbisÕs voice embodies the contradictions of JulianÕs experience. We hear that vulnerability in a soft, almost hesitant, voice; underneath is a quiet confidence. The pacing ebbs and flows as naturally as the tide between Havana and Miami as Julian figures out what is right and determines to do his part to help. A.M.P. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2014, Portland, Maine"
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