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The Wild Book by Margarita Engle
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Apr 02, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: children-s-historical-fiction, ncbla-committee-2013-books
Read in April, 2012

Fefa cannot read because she suffers from "word-blindness" or dyslexia. Her mother gives her a blank book to write her own words. Scrawling her wild words into the book gives Fefa growing confidence and provides her insight that saves her family at a crucial moment.

Based on Engle's grandmother's childhood experiences growing up during the chaos after Cuba's fight for independence from Spain.

This novel in verse contains so many wonderful images. One of my favorites:


No one in my family
ever throws anything away.
not even an old story
that can be told and retold

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