Hurricane Dancers: The First Caribbean Pirate Shipwreck/2012 Pura Belpre Award Honor
Friday, February 24, 2012
by: Pura Belpre Committee

Section: Children's Book Reviews

February Edition

Members of the 2012 Pura Belpre Award Selection Committee are: Chair Jamie Campbell Naidoo, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa; Rebecca Alcala, San Francisco Public Library (Calif.); Carling Febry, San Diego, Calif.; Daisy Gutierrez-Ngo, San Jacinto College, Pasadena, Texas; Amanda Sharpe, Harper Junior High School Library, Davis, Calif.; Henrietta M. Smith, Delray Beach, Fla.; and Francisco Vargas, Long Beach (Calif.) Public Library.

Engle’s beautifully written poetic narrative cuts to the heart of an untold story in Latin American history and describes the enslavement of the native peoples of the Caribbean by the Spanish along with the mixing of Spanish and native blood that now forms the vast majority of Latin America. Told from several points of view, the story captures the rhythm and sounds from a time long ago and encourages readers to explore Latino culture on their own.

Hurricane Dancers: The First Caribbean Pirate Shipwreck by Margarita Engle, Ages 12 and up. Published by Henry Holt and Company, LLC. ISBN 978-0-80509240-0, 160 p. March 2011. $19.99 Hardback.

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