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Thursday 6 October 2022

Junior Review: Letters From Cuba

Esther has been yearning for her Papa ever since he left Poland to live in Cuba in the midst of World War 2, to provide for the family. 

After 3 years distant from the family, Papa has finally saved enough money for one child to come and stay with him. Therefore, the eldest, Esther travels across the large ocean from Poland to Cuba to visit her Papa. 

From the moment Esther steps down from the boat, she is in love with all the vibrant colors and aromas that meet her, and she falls in love with Cuba, her new home. 

To Esther’s surprise, her home won’t be in the heart of Havana, but in the small farmers village of Agramonte. In her tiny wooden house, Esther finds her inner talent for sewing and is able to help her father by providing extra income. 

To close the distance between her and her family, Esther writes letters to her sister about how she has found a place in Cuba and how she can’t wait for her to arrive.

Author Ruth Behar has written an inspiring story loosely based on her very own Grandma Esther’s story. It was an incredibly diverse novel filled with characters from all walks of life. This book was enjoyable to read because while it is a tale of a girl living in a new country without her family, it still included the fact that there were still discriminatory people in Cuba during the War. Author Ruth Behar has included truth, love, and hard work in every single page of this novel and you will be missing out if you don’t read it.

Title: Letters From Cuba
Author: Ruth Behar
Publisher: Nancy Paulsen Books, $16.40
Publication Date: August 31, 2021
Format: Hardcover
: 9780525516491
For ages: 10 – 12
Type: Middle Grade Novel