Hurricane Dancers: The First Caribbean Pirate Shipwreck
Henry Holt, 2011 (2011)
Reviewed by Ricki Marking-Camuto
, Margarita Engle takes an old and forgotten piece of history and weaves it into a poetry novel. Through enchanting verses, she tells the story of '
The First Caribbean Pirate Shipwreck
ur main narrator is a boy called Quebrado, '
the broken one
'. He is a slave to Bernardine de Talavera, the very first pirate in the Caribbean. Shortly after they capture the ruthless Alonso de Ojeda, a hurricane destroys their ship. Quebrado is rescued by Ciboney fisherman Naridó and taken to live among the Ciboney people and experience life on land once again.
his is a beautiful story and very easy to read. Although the tale is told through multiple narrators - Quebrado, Talavera, Ojeda, Naridó, and Naridó's beloved, Caucubú - the poems easily bring out each character's individuality. All in all, Margartia Engle's
is a stunning tale of a snippet of history that reads at the speed of wind.
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