Enchanted Air: A Memoir by Margarita Engle. Grades 4-7. Athenuem Books for Young Readers, August 2015.
This is a gorgeous book, reminiscent of last year’s Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson. “Memoir” is one of the genres required for some of our middle school students to read, so I am always on the lookout for suggestions and this is one I’m happy to recommend. Margarita Engle writes about her childhood, spending summers in Cuba with her mother’s family, where she really feels like she belongs. The rest of the year, her family lives in California where Margarita is the weird, smart girl who skipped a grade and doesn’t have any friends. When revolution breaks out in Cuba, Margarita’s world suddenly changes. Her family can no longer go back to Cuba and her teacher and classmates treat her like a traitor.