There's been A TON of buzz about this book already, and the premise definitely intrigues me! I'm trying very hard to squeeze in more PoC reading into my YA diet - I've been following a lot of recommendations from Ari at Reading in Color - and this sounds like something I'd love. I'm semi-fluent in Spanish, working as hard as I can at becoming totally fluent, so I enjoy almost anything involving Latin America. I'm also a big fan on "the true meaning of culture" stories, as I'd like to think I'm kind of writing a science fiction version of one. Anyway, check out the summary below!
The Red Umbrella is the moving tale of a 14-year-old girl's journey from Cuba to America as part of Operation Pedro Pan—an organized exodus of more than 14,000 unaccompanied children, whose parents sent them away to escape Fidel Castro's revolution.What are you waiting on this Wednesday? Leave the links to your posts in the comments below!
In 1961, two years after the Communist revolution, Lucía Álvarez still leads a carefree life, dreaming of parties and her first crush. But when the soldiers come to her sleepy Cuban town, everything begins to change. Freedoms are stripped away. Neighbors disappear. Her friends feel like strangers. And her family is being watched.
As the revolution's impact becomes more oppressive, Lucía's parents make the heart-wrenching decision to send her and her little brother to the United States—on their own.
Suddenly plunked down in Nebraska with well-meaning strangers, Lucía struggles to adapt to a new country, a new language, a new way of life. But what of her old life? Will she ever see her home or her parents again? And if she does, will she still be the same girl?
The Red Umbrella is a moving story of country, culture, family, and the true meaning of home.