The Surrender Tree:
Poems of Cuba's Struggle
for Freedom

by Margarita Engle

It's the end of the 19th century, and Cuba has been torn apart by wars of independence. The country is still not free and people are languishing in concentration camps. Rosa, a nurse, is determined to help the suffering, and sets up clandestine hospitals in hidden caves to help those that are able to find her. She also takes an orphan girl under her wing, and begins to share with the girl what she knows about the medicinal properties of the plants.

In a starred review, Booklist said of that "readers will be caught by the compelling narrative voices" and will want to learn more about Cuban history.

Awards Won by this book

   - Newbery Honor Book 2009
   - National Council for Social Studies Notable Social Studies Children's Book
   - American Library Association Notable Book
   - American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults
   - Booklist Editors' Choice
   - Pura Belpre Author Award

Reading Levels for this book

Interest Level:  Gr. 7+              DRA Level: 70     
Grade Equivalent: 5.2            Guided Reading:  Z

This book was an honoree for the prestigious Newbery Award for best children's literature. Click to see the full list of Newbery Award Winners.

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