Margarita Engle
Birthplace: Los Angeles, CA    
Most recent address:CA    
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Dancing hands : how Teresa Carreno played the piano for President Lincoln by Engle, Margarita 

BTSB Prebound(Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2019)

BTSB #: 311492 Available

Dewey: 786.2092/BAges: 4-8   
AR: 5.5 LG RC: 11.9 3-5 Lexile: 1260 NC F&P: P

Subjects: Carreno, Teresa,|d1853-1917 Lincoln, Abraham,|d1809-1865 Pianists - United States - Biography Gifted children - Biography United States - History|y1861-1865, Civil War - Biography

Summary: The story of Teresa Carreno, a child prodigy who played piano for Abraham Lincoln.

Dreams from many rivers : a Hispanic history of the United States told in poems by Engle, Margarita 

BTSB Prebound(Holt, 2019)

BTSB #: 311481 Available

Dewey: 811/NAges: 10-14   
AR: 7.3 MG Lexile: 1240

Genres: Multicultural

Subjects: Children's poetry Latinos (U.S.) - History

Summary: A middle grade verse history of Latinos in the United States, told through the voices of many and varied individuals ranging from Juan Ponce de Leon to modern-day sixth graders.

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Drum dream girl : how one girl's courage changed music by Engle, Margarita 

BTSB Prebound(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015)

BTSB #: 311468 Available

Dewey: EAges: 4-8   
AR: 4.2 LG RC: 4.3 3-5 Lexile: NP

Subjects: Drummers (Musicians) - Fiction Dance music - Fiction Gender role - Fiction Cuba - History|y1909-1933 - Fiction

Summary: Follows a girl in the 1920s as she strives to become a drummer, despite being continually reminded that only boys play the drums, and that there has never been a female drummer in Cuba. Includes note about Millo Castro Zaldarriaga, who inspired the story, and Anacaona, the all-girl dance band she formed with her sisters.

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Light for all by Engle, Margarita 

BTSB Prebound(Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2020)

BTSB #: 311428 Available

Dewey: EAges: 4-8   
Lexile: 1010 AD

Genres: Multicultural

Subjects: Immigrants - Fiction Acculturation - Fiction Statue of Liberty (New York, N.Y.) - Fiction United States - Immigration and emigration - Fiction

Summary: Illustrations and easy-to-read text tell of travelers who have left their homelands to bring their talents, hopes, and determination to a land where Liberty's light shines for all.

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Lion Island : Cuba's warrior of words by Engle, Margarita 

BTSB Prebound(Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2016)

BTSB #: 311474 Available

Dewey: FAges: 10-14   
AR: 6.8 MG Lexile: 1110

Genres: Historical Fiction

Subjects: Chuffat Latour, Antonio,|d1860- - Childhood and youth - Fiction Novels in verse Racially mixed people - Fiction Indentured servants - Fiction Slavery - Fiction Chinese - Cuba - Fiction Cuba - History|y1810-1899 - Fiction

Summary: A biographical novel about Antonio Chuffat, a Chinese-African-Cuban messenger boy in 1870s Cuba who became a translator and documented the freedom struggle of indentured Chinese laborers in his country.

Singing with elephants by Engle, Margarita 

BTSB Prebound(Viking, 2022)

BTSB #: 311493 Available

Dewey: FAges: 8-12   
AR: 6.6 MG Lexile: NP F&P: W

Genres: Animals

Subjects: Cuban Americans - Fiction Writing - Fiction Novels in verse Elephants - Fiction Animal rescue - Fiction

Summary: Cuban-born eleven-year-old Oriol lives in Santa Barbara, California, where she struggles to belong. Then Gabriela Mistral, the first Latin American winner of a Nobel Prize in Literature, moves to town, and aspiring writer Oriol finds herself opening up. As she begins to create a world of words for herself, Oriol learns it will take courage to stay true to herself and do what she thinks is right--attempting to rescue a baby elephant in need.

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Soaring earth : a companion memoir to Enchanted air by Engle, Margarita 

BTSB Prebound(Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2019)

BTSB #: 311484 Available

Dewey: 811/AAges: 12-16   
AR: 7.2 MG+ Lexile: 1190

Subjects: Engle, Margarita Cuban Americans - Biography American women authors|y20th century - Biography

Summary: In this follow-up to her award-winning memoir Enchanted Air, Margarita Engle details her teenage years in Los Angeles against the turbulent backdrop of the Vietnam War. In vulnerable verse, she addresses the notions of peace, civil rights, freedom of expression, and environmental protection that are once again under threat. Despite these circumstances, young Margarita was able to find solace and empowerment through her education.

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Song of frutas by Engle, Margarita 

BTSB Prebound(Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2021)

BTSB #: 311490 Available

Dewey: EAges: 4-8   
AR: 4.1 LG Lexile: 1240 AD

Genres: Family Life

Subjects: Street vendors - Fiction Grandfathers - Fiction Fruit - Fiction Cuban Americans - Fiction Cuba - Fiction

Summary: While visiting her abuelo in Cuba, a young girl helps him sell frutas, singing the name of each fruit as they walk, and after she returns to the United States, they exchange letters made of abrazos--hugs. Includes historical and cultural notes.

Summer birds : the butterflies of Maria Merian by Engle, Margarita 

BTSB Prebound(Holt, 2010)

BTSB #: 311457 Available

Dewey: 595.78/NAges: 5-8   
AR: 3.2 LG RC: 3.4 K-2

Subjects: Merian, Maria Sibylla,|d1647-1717 Caterpillars Butterflies

Summary: A portrait of Maria Merian, the young girl in the Middle Ages who disproved the theory of spontaneous generation.

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