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When Julian S Parents Make The Heartbreaking Decision To Send Him And His Two Brothers Away From Cuba To Miami Via The Pedro Pan Operation, The Boys Are Thrust Into A New World Where Bullies Run Rampant And It S Not Always Clear How Best To Protect Themselves Miles To Havana Is A Pura Belpre Honor Book For Narrative And A Bank Street Best Children S Book Of The Year

10 thoughts on “90 Miles to Havana

  1. says:

    2011 ALA Pura Belpr Award Honor BookWhat I loved about his story was the parallel between bullying at the Pedro Pan camp with Castro s bullying of the Cuban country But what I loved than that, was the character, a surrogate father to the boy Julian, for whom the revolution is a boon, and who none the less helps Julian and his family A great read that I hope will garner a wider readership thanks to the Belpr.Fifth grade and up.

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    The book I have chosen for my multicultural literature assignment is 90 Miles to Havana This book was based off the author s experience It is about a little boy and his family who live in Cuba In the beginning of the book it starts off with historical facts about the revolution that was taken place in Cuba Throughout the story Julian and his family go through very hard times Julian and his brothers eventually end up in a camp in the southern parts of Miami His two older brothers were sent to an orphanage, while Julian ran away Throughout his journey in Miami he struggles with communication and fitting in as an American Julian becomes friends with a man who helps refugee Cubans, and he eventually gets his family back and saves other people as well I really enjoyed reading this book about Cubans I know how hard their life is, but reading this I understood what they really go through It made me think about my grandparents experience moving from Puerto Rico to Chicago Although, it was not Cuba, they still went through hard times My grandparents are fluent in Spanish and had a very hard time adapting to the English culture In some sense, I can relate to what Julian s family went though in order to have a happily ever after for their children The one thing I enjoyed reading about is how Julian had the courage to fight for his family I am very family based and fighting for your family is really important He overcame all the obstacles and fought for his family s freedom The one thing I did not like about this book was the way people mistreated immigrants It really made me think about how I judge people who do not know English fluently It really checked my attitude towards immigration 90 Miles to Havana is a good multicultural book It is based upon the true historical facts that had happen to Cuba in 1961 In my opinion, the author exemplifies good story telling Although, the story was sad, Enrique Flores Gallis does not give the readers poor them mentality I actually felt as if the purpose of the book was to inspire the readers Throughout the story the author uses many Cuban phrases Another great component this story has is the material used to reflect the value of the Cuban culture An example of this was the tradition mentioned in the beginning of the book about New Years Eve and what Julian s family did to celebrate that special holiday Overall, 90 Miles to Havana is a great novel to read I recommend this multicultural literature book to older children It is a very heartwarming adventure book that children will enjoy to read.

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    I know nothing about Cuba and what happened in the 60s there Now I know just a TEENY bit This story is about the author s experiences as a child refugee who was sent away from his parents to Miami It sucks you in right away, and then you re bombarded with an easy to hate bully character for the middle part of the book Finally there s hope, but is there, really My eyes were opened to another piece of history, and how it affected some children It made me wonder about all of the other children s and parents stories out there

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    Author and artist Enrique Flores Galbis has written an exciting coming of age story based on his own experiences as one of the 14,000 Cuban children sent from Cuba to the U.S without their parents in 1961 in Operation Pedro Pan, the largest exodus ever in the Western hemisphere of unaccompanied children.The book opens with Julian, his two older brothers, their father and their family cook, Bebo, on their annual New Year s Eve fishing trip Julian s main concern is his embarrassment over losing the enormous fish he had hooked, since he desperately wants to impress his older brothers with his heroism But serious problems will soon be facing Julian and his family Revolution has come to the streets of Havana, and their affluent neighborhood begins to turn into a ghost town, as families leave the country Soon Julian and his brothers board a plane to Miami, with the hope that their parents will soon be joining them.But the refugee camp where they are sent is nothing like the summer camp that they expect the overcrowded facility is ruled by a nasty bully, Caballo Because there are not enough adults to properly supervise the facility, the adults rely on Caballo to keep order But when Caballo takes Julian s prized drawing pad, which is one of his only precious objects from home, Julian has had enough Dolores, the kind camp cook, suggests that Julian use the democratic way to organize a resistance movement to get back at Caballo their own revolution against the bully dictator When Julian plays his last trick on Caballo, he knows he has to leave the camp or else Luckily for Julian, he is taken in by Tomas, who s fixing up a boat that he intends to use to illegally transport people from Cuba Julian desperately wants his parents to be included, so his family can finally be reunited When he sails to Cuba with Tomas to pick up the refugees, he s in for the adventure of his life Will Julian finally become a hero Flores Galbis does an excellent job in this novel of showing us the Cuban revolution from a young child s point of view While Julian doesn t understand everything that s going on, he has to deal in his own way with the trauma of being separated from his parents and everything he has ever known Julian has to grow up in ways he never expected and fight against bullies, loneliness, and loss This is a book that is likely to appeal equally to boys and girls, who will identify with the very sympathetically portrayed main character.This mass exodus of children from Cuba immediately called to mind for me the Kindertransport of Jewish children to England during World War II However, unlike the Jewish children who were sent away to escape death at the hands of the Nazis, these children were sent away by parents who feared that their children would be taken from them by the new revolutionary governments and sent away to be re educated, or indoctrinated with Communist beliefs Many also believed that their teenage sons would be forced to become soldiers in the military, and sent them to the U.S to escape that fate While about half of the minors were immediately reunited with relatives or friends at the airport, the rest were placed in temporary shelters in Miami, and eventually relocated to orphanages and foster families in 30 states.

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    This is an exciting tale of three brothers coming to Florida via Operation Pedro Pan It was published in 2010, as was The Red Umbrella, another novel appropriate for middle school readers on this same topic Of the two books, this one may be better for older readers and those who have comfort with story complexity Some elements of this book make it a great candidate for study in a unit about literary devices This story opens on a fishing boat just before New Year s Day as a youngest son struggles and can t be recognized as the one to catch the big fish that could be the harbinger of a good year for his family The family is soon torn apart as three sons are sent to Miami while parents stay behind in Cuba The boy carries his insecurity and guilt about this with him to Miami He is separated from his older brothers and decides to run away from the camp he is in to avoid being sent someplace worse and too far away He eventually learns he can take care of himself, and then participates in the rescue of his parents from Havana.There are also some great social issues raised that can provide fodder for discussion, reflection, and student writing Life in the transition camp is tough on the boys There are some scenes that evoke themes similar to those in Lord of the Flies, which could be a good next book for some readers There are some scenes that speak eloquently to the way that changes at the top of a political hierarchy can create opportunities for corruption and abuse at the bottom, as the social order in Cuba transforms The boy s uncle, who facilitates communication with the boy s parents, shares with his nephew his reasons for deciding to remain in Cuba and embrace the revolution For readers in South Florida, particularly those who live in or have spent time in Miami, the book includes some amusing local references Readers who find this energizing or entertaining, and those who enjoy the adventure, danger, and intrigue of this story, might be referred next to any of the four books written for young readers by Carl Hiaasen Hoot, Flush, Scat, or Chomp.

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    o APA citation Flores Galbis, E 2012 90 miles to Havana New York, NY Square Fish Publishers.o Genre Multi culturalo Format Printo Selection process ALSC YALSA 2011 book picks 2011 School Library Journal, 50 57, award recipient 2011 Pura Belpr Honor Book for Narrative, 2011 Bank Street Best Children s Book of the Year o Review It is the year 1961, and Fidel Castro has recently overtaken the government in Cuba Julian, the youngest of three boys and the son of respectable, hard working parents, is now growing up in a world of uncertainty Along with his brothers, Julian is sent to Miami as a safety measure, but his parents have to stay behind In a Miami youth refugee camp, the three boys struggle to stay together and survive in the hostile environment It is a world where the future is unknown and many people are untrustworthy In the end, Julian runs away from the youth refugee camp, helps a group of Cubans escape from Havana, and is eventually reunited with his family Along the way, he must learn to think for himself and face decisions about growing up and choosing what is right in the midst of confusion and lies Readers will learn about a fascinating, often untold part of Cuban American history and even glean some Spanish words and phrases along the way.o Recommendation Level Recommended Although the story feels random at times, it is interesting, informative, and even inspirational at the end.

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    This story is the fascinating tale of a refugee from Cuba The book is based on the real life experiences of the author, who underwent similar events in his own childhood Julian, the main character, is sent with his brothers from Cuba to Miami right after the Revolution They have to leave their parents behind and begin a new life alone The boys are sent to a camp in Miami for Cuban children where they have to adjust to new bullies, a new language, and a new way of life After being separated from his brothers, Julian has to grow up quickly and has quite an adventure I was intrigued by the struggle the main character went through One day, he is just a kid playing in Havana and the next he is thrown in to a completely new culture Julian desperately wanted to cling on to his old life and his memories, but eventually has to let go of those dreams and discover new ones The story is educational for anyone who does not know much about the aftermath of the Cuban revolution in the 1960s While reading Julian s story, the author is showing the reader the story of himself and others who actually went through similar struggles.

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    This book had a very interesting beginning I m not sure if it was because of the action or the fact that I enjoy fishing, and the beginning of the book was about marlin fishing I feel like the only reason that I kept reading this book was because of how interesting and connectable the beginning was, therefore making me think it s too late to just stop reading it Throughout the book I lost and regained interest many times, I think the part of the story where they were in the boarding school in Miami was very elongated and it really made me want to stop reading, because of how slow it is The book regained my attention around when Julian started to work with Tomas, but then I lost a lot of it when he started selling Tomas ade and drew on the sidewalk The action then picked up again when they got the people in Havana, I felt like the scene where the man was holding the rope was pretty powerful, and meaningful The ending was pretty slow, but I liked how everything was left off on a good note, no stings attached, just a family reuniting.

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    This is a really good multicultural book It is based on the author s experience as a child when he left Cuba in 1961 in operation Pedro Pan It opens on New Years Day in Havana, Cuba as Castro s revolution is beginning Julian lives in a well to do neighborhood and suddenly there is fighting in the streets His neighbors the Garcias leave for the United States the next day and soon afterward, Julian s parents unable to leave themselves send him and his brothers to what is advertised as a summer camp in Miami It is crowded and the director has put a bully, Caballo, from their Havana neighborhood is in charge of discipline Julian s brothers are sent to an orphanage and shortly after, he is sceduled to go an orphanage in Chicago which has a terrible reputation He decides to run away to his friend Tomas boat He figures out that Tomas is going to go to Havana to rescue people and ends up going with him Julian grows up alot during this experience, and his family eventually gets together again It is an interesting account of the Cuban immigrant experience.

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    I was surprised and pleased when a few of my reluctant readers chose 90 Miles to Havana, an historical novel, over the predictable suggestions of the wonderful Multnomah County Library School Corps young adult librarian I was even please when they all praised the book, so I decided I d better read it, too I loved it The author, Enrique Flores Galbis, based the story of young refugee Julian, on his own experiences as a Cuban refugee It is a very realistic and historically accurate picture of the sadness, loneliness, difficulties, optimism and determination of the Cuban children sent away alone by their parents to protect them from Castro s military schools They ended up in dismal refugee camps in Florida with hundreds of other parentless refugee children Middle school readers will cheer for the camp revolutionaries Julian, Angelita, Gustavo and Marta Worry about impulsive, stubborn Aquilino and Gordo and learn from the wonderful role model, Tomas.