Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday: The Red Umbrella

This is a weekly meme hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spine.  "Waiting on Wednesday" spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.  


The Red Umbrella by Christina Diaz Gonzalez
Pub. Date: May 11, 2010


Goodreads says, "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.  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."


Book Trailer:



*I'm pretty excited for this book and I've read some great reviews.  I think it would not only be a great read that I'd enjoy, but also one that is informative for my students.  I am definitely looking forward to its publication.  

12 comments:

  1. I remember seeing great reviews on this one too!

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  2. I got this one pre-order only another month, I am excited.

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  3. "a moving story of country, culture, family, and the true meaning of home"....love it. Great pick!

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  4. This sounds very moving and powerful, great pick!

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  5. That trailer makes me wish it were a movie. :-)

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  6. This one I need to read. Last year I did a essay about Fidel Castro and I want to read this very bad. Love the cover of the book too.

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  7. This sounds like a great read! This is the first I have heard of it. I will be putting it on my wish list. I had never heard of Operation Pedro Pan so I am interested in learning more about it.

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  8. I love the trailer! I might read this book for the POC challenge. Great pick and welcome back!

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  9. The Red Umbrella looks like a fantastic book. I will be adding this to my TBR list.

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  10. Thanks for all the comments! I hope you have a great week.

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