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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (798 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Margarita Engle Narrator: Yesenia Cabrero, Yane Millon, Chris Nunez, Ozzie Rodriguez, Roberto Santana Publisher: Listening Library Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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How can there be
a little war?
Are some deaths
smaller than others,
leaving mothers
who weep
a little less?

Cuba has fought three wars for independence, and still she is not free. Her people have been rounded up in reconcentration camps, where there is always too little food and too much illness. Rosa knows how to heal sickness with medicines made from wild plants. But with a price on her head for helping the rebels, Rosa dares not go out in the open. Instead, she turns hidden caves into hospitals for those who know how to find her. Black, white, Cuban, Spanish: Rosa does her best for everyone, even Lieutenant Death, who has sworn to kill her. Yet who can heal a country so torn apart by war?

In this history in verse, acclaimed poet Margarita Engle has created a lyrical, powerful portrait of Cuba. Download and start listening now!


Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Rosalinda | 2/19/2014

    " I am so proud to be Latina. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Krista the Krazy Kataloguer | 2/15/2014

    " I had never heard of these 3 Cuban wars for independence until I read this book. Based on true events, this novel in verse tells the story of Rosa, a traditional healer, as she lives her life hiding in the jungle with the peasants and healing their wounds and illnesses. Beginning when she is a child, and ending when Cuba's government is turned over to the U.S. from Spain, the novel describes a life of constant fear of discovery, of moving from place to place to avoid being caught, of meeting and marrying Jose, together with whom she continues to heal both peasants and Spanish soldiers alike until the wars are finally over. A note at the end of the book gives her full name as Rosario Castellanos Castellanos. I wonder if she and the poet Rosario Castellanos are one and the same? I must investigate. Now I need to read more about the history of Cuba and the Spanish-American war. Highly recommended! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Pat Schooley | 1/25/2014

    " I learned things about the war and rebellion in Cuba and the Spanish American War. Regretted getting the larger version with both Spanish and English. Liked the way it was written in prose style. Very concise, yet exact and painted a picture with words. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Eva Mitnick | 1/14/2014

    " I'm thankful this won a Newbery honor because I probably wouldn't have read it otherwise - the cover doesn't entice the reader in me and I'm not a recreational reader of free-verse. But...! The four main characters, especially the strong, amazing, yet humble Rosa, remain in my mind. I knew nothing about all those difficult years of war in Cuba in the last part of the 19th century, and I don't know much more now - and yet I feel I've lived through them now, hiding in the forests and caves with Rosa and Jose. "

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