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“…Through these young people’s experiences, the realities of Cubans’ lives are presented in nuanced and complex ways in this thoroughly researched work. Many moments will ring true to young Cubans who have grown up on family stories, down to the slang and details of daily life at the time. A well-researched, thoughtful, and moving look at post-revolutionary Cuba.”
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Coming Up Cuban: Rising Past Castro’s Shadow

Written by Sonia Manzano
Published by Scholastic, Inc.

From Pura Belpré Honoree and Emmy-award winning actor Sonia Manzano—best known as “Maria” from Sesame Street—comes the expansive and timeless story of four children who must carve out a path for themselves in the wake of Fidel Castro’s rise to power.

Fifteen-time Emmy Award winner and Pura Belpre honoree Sonia Manzano examines the impact of the 1959 Cuban Revolution on four children from very different walks of life. In the wake of a new regime in Cuba, Ana, Miguel, Zulema, and Juan learn to find a place for themselves in a world forever changed. In a tumultuous moment of history, we see the lasting effects of a revolution in Havana, the countryside, Miami, and New York. Through these snapshot stories, we are reminded that regardless of any tumultuous times, we are all forever connected in our humanity.

Look for the Spanish version, Crecer Siendo Cubano.

Primary ISBN: 9781338065152
Available As: Hardcover, Audiobook, eBook
Middle Grade, Age 9 or older

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Setting: Cuba, United States

Character's Place in the Immigration Journey: In Home Country

Book Creator(s) Connection to the Community Represented: Own Voices/Lived Experience

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