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Arne Nixon Center for the Study of Children's Literature

Newbery Honor Award-winning Author
Margarita Engle
to Speak

The Wild Book by Margarita Engle

March 24, 2012   ~  The Arne Nixon Center Advocates (ANCA) and A Book Barn in Clovis will co-host a book talk and signing by award-winning author
Margarita Engle. The event, held from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at A Book Barn bookstore, will celebrate the release of Engle's newest title, The Wild Book.

Don't miss this opportunity to meet the author, listen to an excerpt from her book and have books signed. The Wild Book will be available for pre-order until Thursday, March 22nd. Copies will also be available to purchase at the event.

Engle, who was born in Los Angeles to a Cuban mother and American father, spent her summers in Cuba where she developed a passion for tropical nature. This interest led her to study agronomy, botany, and eventually, creative writing. She has written many books, including six young adult historical novels written in verse. Among her titles are The Surrender Tree, a Newbery Honor book; Tropical Secrets, winner of the Sydney Taylor Award; and Pura Belpre honor books, The Firefly Letters and Hurricane Dancers. She has received a total of over 50 honors and awards for her six young adult novels and is also the recipient of the first Newbery Honor ever awarded to a Latino.

Engle's young adult novels are influenced by her Cuban roots. Her newest title is no exception--it was inspired by stories told to Engle by her grandmother about her childhood. "It's about her growing up on a farm in Cuba during troubled times in the early 1900s," she said.

The Wild Story follows an eleven-year-old girl named Fefa as she struggles with dyslexia. As Fefa works to overcome her learning disability, she observes the struggles around her, including political strife, violence and kidnappings. The lyrical novel has received positive feedback, earning a starred review from Kirkus Reviews which states, "The author gives readers a portrait of a tumultuous period in Cuban history and skillfully integrates island flora, fauna and mythology into Fefa's first-person tale." To find more information about Margarita Engle and her books, please visit her website

A Book Barn bookstore is located at 640 Clovis Avenue, Clovis, CA 93612. More information and pre-orders of The Wild Book are available by calling Dan and Peggy Dunklee at 559-297-9052.