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Cuba in My Pocket, by Adrianna Cuevas

Cuba in My Pocket, by Adrianna Cuevas

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(Paperback, 320 pages, first published in 2021)

From Pura Belpré Honoree Adrianna Cuevas is a sweeping, emotional middle grade historical novel about a twelve-year-old boy who leaves his family in Cuba to immigrate to the U.S. by himself, based on the author's family history.

“I don’t remember. Tell me everything, Pepito. Tell me about Cuba.”

When the failed Bay of Pigs invasion in 1961 solidifies Castro’s power in Cuba, twelve-year-old Cumba’s family makes the difficult decision to send him to Florida alone. Faced with the prospect of living in another country by himself, Cumba tries to remember the sound of his father’s clarinet, the smell of his mother’s lavender perfume.

Life in the United States presents a whole new set of challenges. Lost in a sea of English speakers, Cumba has to navigate a new city, a new school, and new freedom all on his own. With each day, Cumba feels more confident in his new surroundings, but he continues to wonder: Will his family ever be whole again? Or will they remain just out of reach, ninety miles across the sea?

Cautions: According to Redeemed Reader, "Por Dios, mi Dios, etc. are frequent expressions. Also, although Cumba and his family are Catholic, they’re familiar with Santería, a syncretic religion that leans heavily on spiritism." See their full review here.

Recommended Age: 10-14

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