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The Red Umbrella (MP3 CD)
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Summer 2010 Kids' Next List
“Coming of age in 1961 Cuba abruptly becomes fleeing Castro's revolution and leaving home and family far behind when 14-year-old Lucia's parents send her and her little brother to the safety of the U.S.. Lucia's struggles to adapt to life in rural Nebraska and her discovery of what home truly is make for a terrific read and powerful historical fiction.”
— Jeanne Snyder, Books & Books, Coral Gables, FL
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.