Margarita Engle is the Cuban-American author of The Surrender Tree, which received the first Newbery Honor ever awarded to a Latino/a. Her other novels in verse about the island include The Poet Slave of Cuba, Hurricane Dancers, The Firefly Letters, Tropical Secrets, and The Wild Book. She has received two Pura Belpré Awards, two Pura Belpré Honors, three Américas Awards, and the Jane Addams Peace Award. The Lightning Dreamer, Cuba’s Greatest Abolitionist, will be published by Harcourt in March, 2013. Margarita lives in central California, where she enjoys hiding in the forest so that her husband’s wilderness search and rescue dogs can practice finding lost hikers.
Please visit her at www.margaritaengle.com