The Red UmbrellaThe Red Umbrella by Christina Gonzalez

A fascinating look at a period of history that was mostly unfamiliar to me – the lives of children who were sent from Cuba to live in the US after the revolution. Since the story starts in Cuba, the reader gets a great sense of contrast between the two worlds, and the characters are sympathetic. It also gives a glimpse into the way propaganda can shape a person’s impressions of a country or political movement. The historical setting is vivid, and the characters realistic in their faults and strengths. It’s a pity it doesn’t have a more tween-friendly cover, since I can see this appealing to girls, especially, who like historical fiction and stories dealing with everyday life for teens.

Source: my library

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