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HURRICANE DANCERS by Margaret Engle

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BROKEN ONE, HALF AND HALF, TRANSLATOR, REDEEMER

Caribbean verse.

Pirates. Captured. Ransomed. Saved.

Sinking ship. Mercy.

 

Nitty Gritty:

Middle grade / YA

Verse novel

Historical fiction

First person POV from multiple characters

Setting: Caribbean

Main character – Quebrado’s (the broken one) — son of Taíno Indian mother and Spanish father

Taken in 1510 from what is now Cuba

Enslaved on a pirate’s ship

Held captive for ransom

Featuring boy and his captors, his rescue, his rescuers, his family and his history

Halfway through, turns to parallel plot of love and longing and obligation and escape.

Water and music themes

Epic story scope

Intimate emotion and passion.

Poetic form provides vehicle for distinct voices, allowing each to speak directly to the reader through their individual poetry

Progression of lyrical poetry

Overall story arc of historic heartbreak and hope

Concise, compact, thoughtful