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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (37 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Eduardo Calcines, Eduardo F. Calcines Narrator: Eduardo Calcines, Eduardo F. Calcines Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2010 ISBN: 9780307707826
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Eduardo F. Calcines was a child of Fidel Castro’s Cuba; he was just three years old when Castro came to power in January 1959.  After that, everything changed for his family and his country, and over the next few years, it was hard for Eduardo to understand why soldiers now stood on every street corner, food was strictly rationed, and adults weren’t allowed to gather together—even at Christmastime. But as he grew older, the realities of Communist Cuba became clear to him, often painfully so. 
After his family applied for an exit visa to immigrate to America when Eduardo was ten, he was ridiculed by his schoolmates and even his teachers for being a traitor to his country and, worse, his father was sent to an agricultural reform camp to do hard labor for fifteen hours a day as punishment for wanting to leave. During the years to come, Eduardo hoped with all his might for one thing: that their exit visas would be granted before he turned fifteen, the age at which he would be drafted into the army.  
In this gripping memoir, Eduardo F. Calcines recounts his boyhood in Glorytown, a neighborhood in the city of Cienfuegos, and chronicles the conditions that led him to wish above all else to leave behind his beloved extended family and his home for a chance at a better future. Download and start listening now!


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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Casey Strauss | 8/28/2013

    " Leaving Glorytown would be appropriate for students in grade 8 and up. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nate Smith | 11/26/2012

    " This book is great! It is amazing to see what other people have to go through. We take our rights for granted! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Roslyn | 3/2/2012

    " I thorougly enjoyed this memoir. The author's memories of his family's struggle under Castro is something you will not forget. It is a picture of a loving family made up of very wise and very strong people. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Annie Oosterwyk | 4/21/2011

    " Reading a book like this makes me want to investigate what happened in Cuba when Castro and the communists took over. I am finding that children's or young adult literature is a great lead in to adult nonfiction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vicki | 8/4/2010

    " Timeless truths about suppression and immigration of a boy and his family in 1950's Cuba- Great! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott Freeman | 4/7/2010

    " A nice memoir of growing up during the Revolution and under the control of Castro in Communist Cuba. Could be really beneficial for a middle-school audience. "

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