The Poet Slave of Cuba: A Biography of Juan Francisco Manzano

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The Poet Slave of Cuba: A Biography of Juan Francisco Manzano

by Margarita Engle

Illustrations by Sean Qualls

First Release:

May 2006

ISBN: 0805077065

Juan Manzano was born a slave, but even his owner noticed his astounding talent for language. She treated him like her pet, bringing him to parties to perform for her friends. "I bark / on command / I learn to whine and howl / in verse / I'm known as the smart one who never / forgets. . . ." Lyric poems from different points of view tell of a Cuban boy whose gifts made him special, but did not set him free. Historical note. Excerpts from Manzano's poetry. Black-and-white artwork.

  • ISBN: 0805077065
    Format: Print Book
    Edition: -
    Publisher: Henry Holt
    Page Count: 192
    Trim Size: 5 1/2" x 8"
    Dewey Classification: 811
    Accelerated Reader: Level: 6.3, Points: 2
    Scholastic Reading Counts: Level: 5.5, Points: 6
    Lexile: Level: NP
    Awards & Honors: Winner of the 2007 Américas Award , Winner of the 2007 Pura Belpré Award, Author , ALA Notable Book for Older Readers
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