Wednesday, May 4, 2011
90 Miles to Havana by Enrique Flores-Galbis
90 Miles to Havana takes place during in Havana, Cuba during the Cuban Revolution in 1961. Families tried to escape from Cuba during this time period. Many families who weren't able to get out of Cuba, at least tried to get their children out of the country. This is the story of Julian and his two older brothers who are sent to a camp in Miami, where other Cuban children are sent until they can be eventually (hopefully) reunited with their parents. In many instances, families were not reunited and these children were sent to other camps, orphanages or foster families. While there is a director of the camp, adult supervision is very limited and the children are bullied by Caballo, one of the older boys of the camp and his gang of friends. When Julian's older brothers are sent to a camp in Denver, CO, Julian and his friends must fend for themselves against the bullies. This is a coming-of-age story of a young boy who has always lived in the shadows of his older brothers and just wants to be a hero by bringing his family back together again. Recommended for ages 12 and up.