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Published on Feb 3, 2012
Margarita Engle's "Hurricane Dancers: The First Caribbean Pirate Shipwreck" published by Henry Holt and Company, LLC, is an honor recipient of the 2012 Pura Belpré Award for text .
Engle's beautifully written poetic narrative cuts to the heart of an untold story in Latin American history and describes the enslavement of the native peoples of the Caribbean by the Spanish along with the mixing of Spanish and native blood that now forms the vast majority of Latin America. Told from several points of view, the story captures the rhythm and sounds from a time long ago and encourages readers to explore Latino culture on their own.
The Pura Belpré Award is administered by the ALSC and the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking, REFORMA.