Cuba in My Pocket
Cuba in My Pocket
By the author of 2021 Pura Belpré Honor Book The Total Eclipse of Nestor Lopez, a sweeping, emotional middle grade historical novel about a twelve-year-old boy who leaves his family in Cuba to immigrate to the U.S. by himself, based on the author's family history.
"I don't remember. Tell me everything, Pepito. Tell me about Cuba."
...Cuevas' latest is a triumph of the heart...A compassionate, emotionally astute portrait of a young Cuban in exile. --Kirkus, STARRED REVIEW Cuevas' intense and immersive account of a Cuban boy's experience after the failed Bay of Pigs Invasion brings a specific point in history alive. --Booklist, STARRED REVIEW
Cuevas packs this sophomore novel with palpable emotions and themes of friendship, love, longing, and trauma, attentively conveying tumultuous historical events from the lens of one young refugee. -- Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW
Author: Adrianna Cuevas
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr)
Binding Type: Hardcover
Size: 8.44h x 5.74w x 1.02d
Audience: Ages 9-12
Reading Level: 4.8
Point Value: 8
Interest Level: Middle Grade
Quiz #/Name: 515010 / Cuba in My Pocket
Award: Golden Kite - Honor Book
Booklist 05/15/2021 pg. 57
Kirkus Reviews 08/15/2021
Publishers Weekly 09/13/2021
School Library Journal 10/01/2021 pg. 82
Horn Book Magazine 11/01/2021 pg. 99
About the Author
Adrianna Cuevas is the author of The Total Eclipse of Nestor Lopez (FSG BYR, 2020). She is a first-generation Cuban-American originally from Miami, Florida. After teaching Spanish and ESOL for sixteen years, she decided to pursue her passion for storytelling. Adrianna currently resides outside of Austin, TX with her husband and son where they enjoy hiking, traveling, and cooking lots of Cuban food.