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Forest world /

by Engle, Margarita [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, [2017]Edition: First edition.Description: 188 pages ; 22 cm.ISBN: 9781481490573; 1481490575.Subject(s): Brothers and sisters -- Juvenile fiction | Families -- Cuba -- Juvenile fiction | Forests and forestry -- Juvenile fiction | Poaching -- Juvenile fiction | Cuba -- Juvenile fiction | Novels in verse | Brothers and sisters -- Fiction | Family life -- Cuba -- Fiction | Forests and forestry -- Fiction | Poaching -- Fiction | Cuba -- Fiction | JUVENILE FICTION -- Family -- Siblings | JUVENILE FICTION -- People & Places -- Caribbean & Latin America | JUVENILE FICTION -- Nature & the Natural World -- Environment | Fiction | Juvenile works | Novels in verse | Novels in verseSummary: Sent to Cuba to visit the father he barely knows, Edver is surprised to meet a half-sister, Luza, whose plan to lure their cryptozoologist mother into coming there, too, turns dangerous.
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From award-winning author Margarita Engle comes a lively middle grade novel in verse that tells the story of a Cuban-American boy who visits his family's village in Cuba for the first time--and meets a sister he didn't know he had.<br> <br> Edver isn't happy about being shipped off to Cuba to visit the father he barely knows. The island is a place that no one in Miami ever mentions without a sigh, but travel laws have suddenly changed, and now it's a lot easier for divided families to be reunited. Technology in Cuba hasn't caught up with the times, though, and Edver is expecting a long, boring summer.<br> <br> He was NOT expecting to meet a sister he didn't know he had. Luza is a year older and excited to see her little brother, until she realizes what a spoiled American he is. Looking for something--anything--they might have in common, the siblings sneak onto the Internet, despite it being forbidden in Cuba, and make up a fake butterfly. Maybe now their cryptozoologist mother will come to visit. But their message is intercepted by a dangerous poacher, and suddenly much more than their family is at stake. Edver and Luza have to find a way to overcome their differences to save the Cuban jungle that they both have grown to love.

Sent to Cuba to visit the father he barely knows, Edver is surprised to meet a half-sister, Luza, whose plan to lure their cryptozoologist mother into coming there, too, turns dangerous.

10 & up.

Includes bibliographical references.

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<opt> <anon I1="BLANK" I2="BLANK">Forest World Family Disaster EDVER Miami, Florida, USA I thought I was prepared for any emergency. Fires, floods, hurricanes, rogue gunmen, bombs, and worse--we've covered them all, in scary student emergency training drills. We've shut down the school, painted our faces with fake blood, and practiced carrying one another to an imaginary helicopter, moaning and screaming with almost-real fear as we pretended to survive crazy catastrophes. Nowhere in all that madness did I ever imagine being sent away by Mom, to meet my long-lost dad in the remote forest where I was born on an island no one in Miami ever mentions without sighs, smiles, curses, or tears . . . but travel laws have suddenly changed, the Cold War is over, and now it's a lot easier for divided half-island, half-mainland Cuban American families to be reunited. Mom is so weirdly thrilled, it seems suspicious. From the moment she announced that she was sending me away to meet Dad, I could tell how relieved she felt to be getting a relaxing break from her wild child, the troublemaker--me. If she would listen, I would argue that it's not my fault a racing bicycle got in my way while I was playing a game on my phone and skateboarding at the same time. That's what games are for--entertainment, right? Escape, so that all those minutes spent gliding home from school aren't so shameful. As long as I stare into a private screen, no one who sees me knows I'm alone. Tap, zap, swipe, the phone makes me look as busy as someone with plenty of friends, a kid who's good at sports instead of science. In that way, I'm just like Mom, who hardly ever looks up from her laptop on weekends. She just keeps working like a maniac, trying to rediscover lost species. She's a cryptozoologist, a scientist who searches for hidden creatures, both the legendary ones like Bigfoot, and others that no one ever sees anymore, simply because they're so rare and shy, hiding while terrorized by hunters, loggers, and poachers who sell their stuffed or pinned parts to collectors. Yuck. But what if there's more? What if Mom's real reason for peering into her secret online world is flirting to meet weird guys who might not even be the handsome heroes shown in their photos . . . ? What if she's dating, and that's why she needs to get rid of me, so she can go out with creeps while I'm away? Excerpted from Forest World by Margarita Engle All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.</anon> </opt>

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