HURRICANE DANCERS by Margaret Engle
BROKEN ONE, HALF AND HALF, TRANSLATOR, REDEEMER
Pirates. Captured. Ransomed. Saved.
Sinking ship. Mercy.
Middle grade / YA
First person POV from multiple characters
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