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With a star in my hand : Rubén Darío, poetry hero / Margarita Engle.

Engle, Margarita, (author.).

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Bagley Public Library Y ENG (Text) 33500013214994 New Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781534424937
  • ISBN: 1534424938
  • ISBN: 9781534424944
  • ISBN: 1534424946
  • Physical Description: pages cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, [2020]

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Summary, etc.:
A novel in verse about the life and work of Rubén Darío, a Nicaraguan poet who started life as an abandoned child and grew to become the father of a new literary movement. Includes historical notes.
Reviews

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2020 January #1
    *Starred Review* Engle's novel in verse tells the life story of Rubén Darío, the famed Niño Poeta (Boy Poet) of Nicaragua. Beginning with his sad and lonely childhood, Engle tells of Darío's status as an orphan—abandoned by his mother, with no father to speak of. Motivated by anger and emptiness, he poured himself into writing, and the book tells his intriguing rags-to-riches story, written from a believable child perspective. Engle explores Darío's relationship with words and the effects of abandonment, trauma, grief, and loss on his work. The cyclical nature of events described, as well as the seasons' change and the rollercoaster of emotions—all based firmly in research—reflect how the poet's past affected his identity and career. Engle also pays close attention to Darío's mestizo identity and the importance of utilizing Spanish language, and there is a wonderful section on linework and rhyming patterns and structures, an educational element for young poets trying their hands at redondillas, octavillas, espinelas, and seguidillas. Along his life's journey, Darío encountered violence, alcoholism, terrible family secrets, devastating natural disasters, and racism—but, as Engle writes, he was a "hunter of daydreams," only content to share his explosive "verse hurricanes." Darío would go on to found the movement of Modernismo, and Engle details more historical information in the back matter. Exceptional. Grades 7-10. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.
  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2020 January #1
    *Starred Review* Engle's novel in verse tells the life story of Rubén Darío, the famed Niño Poeta (Boy Poet) of Nicaragua. Beginning with his sad and lonely childhood, Engle tells of Darío's status as an orphan—abandoned by his mother, with no father to speak of. Motivated by anger and emptiness, he poured himself into writing, and the book tells his intriguing rags-to-riches story, written from a believable child perspective. Engle explores Darío's relationship with words and the effects of abandonment, trauma, grief, and loss on his work. The cyclical nature of events described, as well as the seasons' change and the rollercoaster of emotions—all based firmly in research—reflect how the poet's past affected his identity and career. Engle also pays close attention to Darío's mestizo identity and the importance of utilizing Spanish language, and there is a wonderful section on linework and rhyming patterns and structures, an educational element for young poets trying their hands at redondillas, octavillas, espinelas, and seguidillas. Along his life's journey, Darío encountered violence, alcoholism, terrible family secrets, devastating natural disasters, and racism—but, as Engle writes, he was a "hunter of daydreams," only content to share his explosive "verse hurricanes." Darío would go on to found the movement of Modernismo, and Engle details more historical information in the back matter. Exceptional. Grades 7-10. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Margarita Engle was the 2017¬&;2019 National Young People&;s Poet Laureate, and received the 2019 NSK Neustadt Prize. She is the Cuban American author of many verse novels, including Your Heart, My Sky; With a Star in My Hand; The Surrender Tree, a Newbery Honor winner; and The Lightning Dreamer, a PEN Literary Award for Young Adult Literature winner. Her verse memoirs include Soaring Earth and Enchanted Air, which received the Pura Belpré Award, a Walter Dean Myers Award Honor, and was a finalist for the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction, among others. Her picture book Drum Dream Girl received the Charlotte Zolotow Award. Margarita was born in Los Angeles, but developed a deep attachment to her mother&;s homeland during childhood summers with relatives. She continues to visit Cuba as often as she can. Visit her at MargaritaEngle.com.

Subject: Darío, Rubén, 1867-1916 > Childhood and youth > Juvenile fiction.
Darío, Rubén, 1867-1916 > Childhood and youth > Fiction.
Novels in verse.
Poets > Fiction.
Nicaragua > History > 1838-1909 > Fiction.
Nicaragua > History > 1937-1979 > Fiction.
Darío, Rubén, 1867-1916.
Nicaragua.
Genre: Fiction.
History.
Juvenile works.

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