27 January 2010

Wishin' and Hopin': The Red Umbrella

The book I am aching to read this Wednesday is:

Scheduled to release in the U.S. May 11, 2010
Goodreads blurb: "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?"
Why?: My mami and her family fled Cuba in the 60s when she was about 14 years of age. I MUST read this.

Link: Click here to learn more about Christina Diaz Gonzalez and The Red Umbrella.

24 comments :

  1. Nice pick!

    You know it's available on 1 ARC Tour riiiight? Just sayin'. ;D

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  2. Pirate: Thanks darlin'. I did sign up for it. I hope I get it. *fingers crossed* Good looking out :)

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  3. This book sounds very interesting, Juju. Thanks.

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  4. Great pick! This sounds so good...I definitely want to read it! :)

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  5. Oh, this sounds really interesting. It will definitely be even more interesting for you to read, with your history. And may I say that I LOVE the cover.

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  6. wow, yeah, this book sounds really good!

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  7. This does sound good, had to add it to my TBR list!

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  8. Wow! I can understand why you would really want to read this one! I hope you enjoy it!

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  9. Juju: I'm glad. I know how quickly those tours fill up. I wanted to tell you just in case. <3

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  10. Wow, I can't believe it applies to you that closely. Great pick, and I hope you like it! :D
    *crosses my fingers for the 1 ARC Tour for you*

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  11. I've seen this one floating around. Sounds good :)

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  12. I saw that you signed up for this at 1 ARC Tours. I did too! Hope you get on. =] I'm sure you will.

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  13. I can't wait for the Red Umbrella either! I love reading about Cuba and I'm gald more yA books are being written about such a beautiful country with such a sad history. I can't imagine never seeing my homeland or having to leave it.

    I hope you get the book :)

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  14. wow, the summary of the book looks intriguing..i love that kind of story when it is an adventurous, more over, it happens to a 14 year old girl.what will her life would be at the end..?*sigh*

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  15. This looks like a great book, i'm looking forward to read it too, I hope you enjoy it! :D
    Thank you for stopping by my site.

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  16. This really reminds me of The Book of Negroes (which I'm reading now and very much enjoying!) A young girl is taken from her home country, has to adapt to a new one, etc. I'll have to read this one eventually!

    Emidy
    Une Parole

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  17. Sounds very interesting! Going to add it to my growing wishlist!

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  18. Wow this sounds so different. What an original pick!

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  19. Oh, this one is on my TBR list!

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  20. I hadn't heard of this, but now I need it! My father-in-law was on one of those Peter Pan flights too.

    Have you read Waiting for Snow in Havana by Carlos Eire? It's the memoir of a Cuban childhood as the revolution started, and my father-in-law said it was spot-on. I enjoyed reading it a lot.

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  21. Jennifer:
    1. Thanks for visiting!
    2. Wow. Really?
    3. I am off to add your recommendation to my TBR list. Thank you thank you :)

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  22. from what you said this book is definitely up your ally. look forward to your review when you finally get it.

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  23. Wow this sounds like a really great book.
    I would love to read it.
    The cover really looks amazing, I loved it =)

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