The Red Umbrella

14-year-old Lucia journeys from Cuba to America to escape Castro’s revolution in 1961.

By Christina Diaz Gonzalez Read by Kyla Garcia Family Life / Hispanic / History - Other / Young Adult Fiction English, Unabridged 7h 14m Sell Sheet
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6 Audio CDs November 29, 2016 $49.99 $37.99 9781520060880 Add to Cart
1 MP3 CDs November 29, 2016 $24.99 $14.99 9781520060897 Add to Cart
							In 1961, two years after the Communist revolution, Lucia Alvarez still leads a carefree life, dreaming of parties and her first crush. But when soldiers come to her sleepy Cuban town, everything begins to change. Freedoms are stripped away. Neighbors disappear. And soon, Lucia's parents make the heart-wrenching decision to send her and her little brother to the United States-on their own. Suddenly plunked down in Nebraska with well-meaning strangers, Lucia struggles to adapt to a new country, a new language, a new way of life. Will she ever see her home or her parents again? And if she does, will she still be the same girl? The Red Umbrella is a touching story of country, culture, family, and the true meaning of home.

"Captures the fervor, uncertainty and fear of the times...Compelling." - The Washington Post

"Gonzalez deals effectively with separation, culture shock, homesickness, uncertainty and identity as she captures what is also a grand adventure." - San Francisco Chronicle

"This well-written novel has a thoroughly believable protagonist and well-chosen period details...Few readers will recognize the polemics driving this convincing story, but as an introduction to the history and politics of the Cuban-exile community, it could generate some excellent classroom discussions." - School Library Journal

"Based on the author's parents' story, Gonzalez's first novel captures the heart-wrenching, personal drama of family separation...The characters, including the loving, imperfect adults, are authentic, and teens will recognize Lucia's rebellious moments, which sometimes get ugly, as well as her anguish over costly long-distance calls 'home' and her hope for reunion with her family." - Booklist

"Garcia does a magnificent job balancing the suspense...Listeners will cheer for this engaging and well-told story." - AudioFile