Margarita Engle is the Cuban-American author of many verse books, including the Newbery Honor Book The Surrender Tree, the PEN USA Award winner The Lightning Dreamer, and the Walter Dean Myers Honor Enchanted Air. Her books have also received multiple Pura Belpre and Americas Awards as well as a Jane Addams Award, an International Reading Association Award, and many others. Books for younger children include Mountain Dog, Summer Birds, and the Charlotte Zolotow Award winner Drum Dream Girl. The work of Rafael Lopez is a fusion of strong graphic style and magical symbolism. Growing up in Mexico City, he was immersed in the rich cultural heritage and native color of street life. He has illustrated many award-winning books, including Book Fiesta! by Pat Mora; Tito Puente Mambo King, by Monica Brown; and The Cazuela that the Farm Maiden Stirred by Samantha Vamos. In 2012 he was selected by the Library of Congress to create the artwork for the National Book Festival in Washington D.C.
"Lopez's bright portraits of notable Hispanics have the large scale and graphic discipline of poster art, while Engle manages to compress the sweep of a biography into a sharp, compact free-verse poem about each life, from childhood on. Some are famous [...] All faced challenges [...] and made lasting contributions." --New York Times Book Review on Bravo! "this book is a welcome addition to schools and libraries, as it expands the canon of historically significant individuals in the United States in such a lyrical and aesthetically pleasing manner." --School Library Journal, starred review, on Bravo! "This book features the lives of a variety of Latinos who faced life's challenges with aplomb and in their own ways. . . each person is stunningly portrayed in Lopez's strong and vibrant style; opposite is a first-person biographical poem that provides a glimpse into its subject's life." --Kirkus Reviews on Bravo! "Lopez (who illustrated Engle's Drum Dream Girl) creates bold, dramatic portraits of the subjects, which include Jose Marti, Pura Belpre, Tito Puente, and Cesar Chavez. Capsule biographies are a welcome supplement to the poems" --Publishers Weekly on Bravo! The Poet Slave of Cuba "An absolutely lovely book . . . that should be read by young and old, black and white, Anglo and Latino." --School Library Journal, starred review "Readers will hear the stories--and never forget them." --Booklist, starred review "The moving poetry and finely crafted story will draw readers in and leave them in tears and in awe." --The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred review