With a Star in My Hand
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Rubén Darío, Poetry Hero
Author(s): Margarita Engle
Publisher: Atheneum (Simon & Schuster)
Copyright Year: 2019
ISBN/ISSN: 9781534424937

This work of historical fiction is a wonderful tribute to the poet, Rubén Darío. Margarita Engle tells readers all about the life of this unique, persevering, and hard-working writer. Through the author's wonderful poetry readers will learn about his dreams, his hopes, his fears, and his aspirations. She fills the pages of his story with writing that flows simply and beautifully and which makes Darío's life easy to understand and appreciate. Readers experience his childhood, his development as a poet, and his creative desire to go his own way within the literature world and within his own life. His story culminates at the point where he publishes his first book, Azul…, in 1888. Engle's depiction of this man through poetry is the perfect choice. Her writing is lyrical and lovely. Readers interested in literature and/or historical fiction will enjoy this book. It would make a good choice to add to young adult collections, especially where novels in verse are popular.

Reviewer: Melinda W. Miller, PK-12 Library Media Specialist, Colton-Pierrepont Central School, Colton, New York
Rating: Recommended
Grade (as stated by Reviewer/SLC): 9-12
Review Date: December 1, 2019
Product Description

From acclaimed author Margarita Engle comes a gorgeous new novel in verse about Rubén Darío, the Nicaraguan poet and folk hero who initiated the literary movement of Modernismo.

As a little boy, Rubén Darío loved to listen to his great uncle, a man who told tall tales in a booming, larger-than-life voice. Rubén quickly learned the magic of storytelling, and discovered the rapture and beauty of verse.

A restless and romantic soul, Rubén traveled across Central and South America seeking adventure and connection. As he discovered new places and new loves, he wrote poems to express his wild storm of feelings. But the traditional forms felt too restrictive. He began to improvise his own poetic forms so he could capture the entire world in his words. At the age of twenty-one, he published his first book Azul, which heralded a vibrant new literary movement called Modernismo that blended poetry and prose into something magical.

In gorgeous poems of her own, Margarita Engle tells the story of this passionate young man who revolutionized world literature.

Media Type: Book, eBook
Binding: HC
# Pages: 160
Price: $17.99
Genre: Fiction
Sub-Genre: Novel in Verse
Entry ID: 2227896

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