Saturday, April 2, 2011

90 Miles to Havana by Enrique Flores-Galbis

90 Miles to Havana is a book about a young boy named Julian who is sent 90 miles away to Miami from his home in Cuba with his two older brothers. When he arrives in Miami he is sent a camp where the bullies are in charge. Julian, his two older brothers, and their friend Angelita, try to make things right at camp. When Julian finds out that the camp is only a temporary place and that in a week or two the kids either get sent to a foster home, get picked up by their parents, or get sent to an orphanage he must find a plan to keep his family together. How will Julian survive in this strange new place and will he ever see his parents again?

90 Miles to Havana has become one of my favorite books. I liked this book because Julian survives no matter what happens in his life. I would recommend this book to kids ages eleven and up.

Reviewed by Morgan.

1 comment:

Enrique Flores-Galbis said...

90 Miles to Havana, Enrique Flores-Galbis.

Dear Morgan, Thank you for your wonderfully
insightful review of 90 Miles to Havana. It is always very rewarding for an author to hear that someone out there has connected with the world and characters they have tried to bring to life. In this book I worked very hard to 'light the fuse' early and then keep the reader engaged through the twists and turns of the plot while getting my ideas across. Needless to say there was a lot of editing, cutting, and juggling until the story ran at the right pace.
The experiences that the book is based on certainly had an effect on my brother's and my life. I think it taught us that as long as we keep our eyes on the summit, there are very few mountains that you cannot climb. This was one of the main themes of the book. which you got just right 'Julian survives no matter what.' I also wanted to celebrate how resourceful young people are when faced with obstacles.
Be well and keep on reading.