Admit it...we've all done it ...we've googled our names to see what comes up. I registered my name and book title with Google Alert (it does the googling for me) and look what popped up.
I'm on the Random House website! I know, I know, this shouldn't be surprise. After all, they are publishing my book and everything...but still! Random House has me on their website with an awesome book summary and author info! Breathe, okay, feeling better. Nope, I'm giddy all over again. Great way to start a Monday!
The Red Umbrella
Written by Christina Gonzalez
- Category: Juvenile Fiction - Ethnic - Hispanic & Latino; Juvenile Fiction - Historical - United States - 20th Century; Juvenile Fiction - Family
- Format: Hardcover, 240 pages
- On Sale: May 11, 2010
- Price: $16.99
- ISBN: 978-0-375-86190-1 (0-375-86190-4)
- Imprint: Knopf Books for Young Readers
ABOUT THIS BOOK
The Red Umbrella is the moving tale of a 14-year-old girl's journey from Cuba to America as part of Operation Pedro Pan-an organized exodus of more than 14,000 unaccompanied children, whose parents sent them away to escape Fidel Castro's revolution.
In 1961, two years after the Communist revolution, Lucía Álvarez still leads a carefree life, dreaming of parties and her first crush. But when the soldiers come to her sleepy Cuban town, everything begins to change. Suddenly the revolution hits home. Freedoms are stripped away. Neighbors disappear. Her friends feel like strangers. And her family is being watched.
As the revolution's impact becomes more oppressive, Lucía's parents make the heart-wrenching decision to send her and her little brother to the United States-by themselves.
Suddenly plunked down in Nebraska with well-meaning strangers, Lucía struggles to adapt to a new country, a new language, a new way of life. But what of her old life? Will she ever see her home or her parents again? And if she does, will she still be the same girl?
The Red Umbrella is a moving story of country, culture, family, and the true meaning of home.
About the Author
Christina Diaz Gonzalez based this powerful novel on the experiences of her parents, and of the 14,000 other unaccompanied minors who came to the United States in Operation Pedro Pan. This mass exodus of children is a little-known and fascinating piece of history, and Gonzalez has created a story that brings that history vibrantly to life.
Gonzalez practiced law for several years before returning to her childhood passion for stories and writing. The Red Umbrella is her first novel.
Christina Diaz Gonzalez lives in Miami, Florida, with her husband and two sons. You can visit her on the Web at www.christinagonzalez.com.
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