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Acclaimed author Margarita Engle tells a painful, poignant story of love in a time of hunger inspired by her own family’s struggles during a dark period in Cuba’s history. The people of Cuba are living in el periodo especial en tiempos de paz—the special period in times of peace. That’s what the government insists that this era must be called, but the reality behind these w Acclaimed author Margarita Engle tells a painful, poignant story of love in a time of hunger inspired by her own family’s struggles during a dark period in Cuba’s history. The people of Cuba are living in el periodo especial en tiempos de paz—the special period in times of peace. That’s what the government insists that this era must be called, but the reality behind these words is starvation. Liana is struggling to find enough to eat. Yet hunger has also made her brave: she finds the courage to skip a summer of so-called volunteer farm labor, even though she risks government retribution. Nearby, a quiet, handsome boy named Amado also refuses to comply, so he wanders alone, trying to discover rare sources of food. A chance encounter with an enigmatic dog brings Liana and Amado together. United in hope and hunger, they soon discover that their feelings for each other run deep. Love can feed their souls and hearts—but is it enough to withstand el periodo especial?


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Acclaimed author Margarita Engle tells a painful, poignant story of love in a time of hunger inspired by her own family’s struggles during a dark period in Cuba’s history. The people of Cuba are living in el periodo especial en tiempos de paz—the special period in times of peace. That’s what the government insists that this era must be called, but the reality behind these w Acclaimed author Margarita Engle tells a painful, poignant story of love in a time of hunger inspired by her own family’s struggles during a dark period in Cuba’s history. The people of Cuba are living in el periodo especial en tiempos de paz—the special period in times of peace. That’s what the government insists that this era must be called, but the reality behind these words is starvation. Liana is struggling to find enough to eat. Yet hunger has also made her brave: she finds the courage to skip a summer of so-called volunteer farm labor, even though she risks government retribution. Nearby, a quiet, handsome boy named Amado also refuses to comply, so he wanders alone, trying to discover rare sources of food. A chance encounter with an enigmatic dog brings Liana and Amado together. United in hope and hunger, they soon discover that their feelings for each other run deep. Love can feed their souls and hearts—but is it enough to withstand el periodo especial?

30 review for Your Heart My Sky

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kelsey (munnyreads)

    Such a great book written in verse! Your Heart My Sky is set in the 1990's during Cuba's el período especial en tiempos de paz'-the special period in times of peace. A decade of extreme hunger, pain, and fear depending on the whims of their government. In this book we jump perspectives between two teens (and a dog!) as they navigate the 'Special Period' and how they are able to find love, strength, and survival in such a dark time of hunger and starvation. While the characters in this book are f Such a great book written in verse! Your Heart My Sky is set in the 1990's during Cuba's el período especial en tiempos de paz'-the special period in times of peace. A decade of extreme hunger, pain, and fear depending on the whims of their government. In this book we jump perspectives between two teens (and a dog!) as they navigate the 'Special Period' and how they are able to find love, strength, and survival in such a dark time of hunger and starvation. While the characters in this book are fictional, the story is based on real events in the 90's and authentic experiences from the author. This book is very eye-opening about events and experiences that are often overlooked in education or on the news, or simply swept under the rug altogether. Very quick to read, but the content packs a punch of awareness that I feel a lot would benefit to hear.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Reading_ Tam_ Ishly

    "Which is worse, starvation or prison? Stealing food is dangerous." This book talks about hunger and injustice done to people in the name of politics and safety. It is painful to read about a person talking about hunger and starvation yet it is such books that make us aware about such conditions many live in. Yes, the world is full of injustice and the story makes us ask whose fault it should be. No one deserves to live with hunger and suffer because of the lack of such basic needs to survive. This b "Which is worse, starvation or prison? Stealing food is dangerous." This book talks about hunger and injustice done to people in the name of politics and safety. It is painful to read about a person talking about hunger and starvation yet it is such books that make us aware about such conditions many live in. Yes, the world is full of injustice and the story makes us ask whose fault it should be. No one deserves to live with hunger and suffer because of the lack of such basic needs to survive. This book in verse shows hope. It's heartbreaking yet beautiful. Each child needs to be educated; to be educated, they need to be fed first. What's the point of laws and the rules if children do not even get their bellies fed? Hope each of us play our parts in helping the less fortunate. Thank you for this beautiful book. *The story is based during the 1990s when Cubans suffered starvation as the author describes.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Zoraida

    Lovely. Heartbreaking. Read for review - Shelf Awareness.

  4. 5 out of 5

    High Plains Library District

    Engle does a wonderful job writing this book to help readers understand what life has been like for Cubans. It was eye-opening for me and hard to fathom a government who behaves in this manner, not providing enough food for the native people. The story is not just about hunger but also about the passion for love and life that the two main characters share on their day-to-day adventures searching for food together. I'm a huge fan of free verse and I have so many favorite lines from this book, too Engle does a wonderful job writing this book to help readers understand what life has been like for Cubans. It was eye-opening for me and hard to fathom a government who behaves in this manner, not providing enough food for the native people. The story is not just about hunger but also about the passion for love and life that the two main characters share on their day-to-day adventures searching for food together. I'm a huge fan of free verse and I have so many favorite lines from this book, too many to pick just one. I recommend this book for middle school and high school readers and would make for some great discussions in a history/government class. Thank you to Simon and Schuster and NetGalley for the Advanced Reader eCopy.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sacha

    Thanks to NetGalley and Atheneum Books for Young Readers for this arc, which I received in exchange for an honest review. I’ll post that review upon publication. Updated 3/23/21 4 stars Margarita Engle has done it again! This is a fantastic verse novel centering on the early '90s humanitarian crisis in Cuba. Three characters share perspectives: Liana, Amado, and the dog (via an omniscient source). Their experiences are heartbreaking, and Engle takes readers right in to the pain and desperation of Thanks to NetGalley and Atheneum Books for Young Readers for this arc, which I received in exchange for an honest review. I’ll post that review upon publication. Updated 3/23/21 4 stars Margarita Engle has done it again! This is a fantastic verse novel centering on the early '90s humanitarian crisis in Cuba. Three characters share perspectives: Liana, Amado, and the dog (via an omniscient source). Their experiences are heartbreaking, and Engle takes readers right in to the pain and desperation of starvation, hopelessness, fear, and lacking opportunity. What is even more empowering is how - in the face of all of this - the characters manage to access hope after all, along with love, loyalty, and some incredible grit. My only point of minor contention was that I wanted even more information about the characters and their experiences, but this is a beautifully articulated exploration of a time and location combo that I knew little about upon entry and want to know much more about as a result of this novel. I'll be recommending this one to students and friends alike.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Calliope

    Synopsis: Acclaimed author Margarita Engle tells a painful, poignant story of love in a time of hunger inspired by her own family’s struggles during a dark period in Cuba’s history. The people of Cuba are living in el periodo especial en tiempos de paz—the special period in times of peace. That’s what the government insists that this era must be called, but the reality behind these words is starvation. Liana is struggling to find enough to eat. Yet hunger has also made her brave: she finds the cour Synopsis: Acclaimed author Margarita Engle tells a painful, poignant story of love in a time of hunger inspired by her own family’s struggles during a dark period in Cuba’s history. The people of Cuba are living in el periodo especial en tiempos de paz—the special period in times of peace. That’s what the government insists that this era must be called, but the reality behind these words is starvation. Liana is struggling to find enough to eat. Yet hunger has also made her brave: she finds the courage to skip a summer of so-called volunteer farm labor, even though she risks government retribution. Nearby, a quiet, handsome boy named Amado also refuses to comply, so he wanders alone, trying to discover rare sources of food. A chance encounter with an enigmatic dog brings Liana and Amado together. United in hope and hunger, they soon discover that their feelings for each other run deep. Love can feed their souls and hearts—but is it enough to withstand el periodo especial? Review: 'Your Heart My Sky' is fascinating! I picked it up on a whim, because it looked interesting, and it was all that I could have expected and more! I've been more into free verse lately, after reading 'The Poet X'. I think free verse is my favorite type of poetry, because it allows for writing to be more lyrical, but unlike some poetry, free verse also makes linear narrtives easy to follow, and much like reading a regular novel, but much quicker! Liana and Amado were beautiful, rich characters and I could tell they were loved and considered by the author. Their love felt very honest, as opposed to the (sometimes) sensationalized hallmark-y type rom-com "love". Everything about this book was so quiet and pure. A fantastic read! It also really captured the rich setting of Cuba, and this period of time, which, shockingly, before reading this book, I had not even heard of. My only issue with the book was that I felt it ended a bit quick. Like I say in almost every single one of my reviews, I love an uncertain ending, but the placement of this ending seemed random. I wish we could have read on for a little longer, but I respect the author's choice. Margarita Engle is going to become an author that I'll watch very closely, and I'm excited for people to be able to read this simply stunning novel-in-verse in March! Thanks to Simon and Schuster for the ARC in exchange for an honest review! Anticipation: 4 Enjoyment: 4 --> 4.25 stars! To purchase 'Your Heart My Sky', from Blackwells, click this link:https://blackwells.co.uk/bookshop/pro...

  7. 5 out of 5

    Amber Webb

    Margaritas Engle does a masterful job of pulling together the ideas of connection, independence, pain, loss, hunger and longing for something more. Amado and Liana and separate should struggling to stay alive during the starvation period in Cuba in the 1990's. Brought together by a singing dog the two learn how to love during a time of great struggle. This historical fiction novel in verse was so beautiful and engaging. I could not put it down. Start to finish in one read and immediately wanted t Margaritas Engle does a masterful job of pulling together the ideas of connection, independence, pain, loss, hunger and longing for something more. Amado and Liana and separate should struggling to stay alive during the starvation period in Cuba in the 1990's. Brought together by a singing dog the two learn how to love during a time of great struggle. This historical fiction novel in verse was so beautiful and engaging. I could not put it down. Start to finish in one read and immediately wanted to know more about this time in Cuba. I always look forward to stories by Engle and this did not disappoint. I highly recommend this story!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kasey Short

    Another fantastic book by Margarita Engle! This book captivated me from the very first poem. Each poem in the book is filled with emotion and carefully chosen words to capture the moment. The book goes between 3 different perspectives, one being a dog. The book tells the story of 2 young people in Cuba during the 1990's that are struggling to live with little food and a government that isn't helping them and instead is threatening. It showcases what life must have been like for Cubans during tha Another fantastic book by Margarita Engle! This book captivated me from the very first poem. Each poem in the book is filled with emotion and carefully chosen words to capture the moment. The book goes between 3 different perspectives, one being a dog. The book tells the story of 2 young people in Cuba during the 1990's that are struggling to live with little food and a government that isn't helping them and instead is threatening. It showcases what life must have been like for Cubans during that time with all of hardships and hunger but how during that time the power of love has a way of helping people survive. It is heartbreaking to read how hungry the young people where. So much of the book was focused on food and I think that helps the reader understand that one can't focus on anything else if they are hungry. I really enjoyed the how the book included romance while also including insight into an historical time for Cuba. I think that middle or high school students would greatly benefit from reading this book.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Gailanne Smith

    Margarita Engle tells a tale in verse of a horrific period of starvation in Cuba’s history, the dutiful kindness of a stray dog, and two teens who struggle to make choices to establish some control over their repressed lives. Set during the 1990’s, Your Heart, My Sky tells of Liana and Amado, two teens decide to skip a summer of “volunteer” labor camps and instead are focused on scavenging for food to stave off intense hunger. They are brought together by a singing dog, who knows that they are d Margarita Engle tells a tale in verse of a horrific period of starvation in Cuba’s history, the dutiful kindness of a stray dog, and two teens who struggle to make choices to establish some control over their repressed lives. Set during the 1990’s, Your Heart, My Sky tells of Liana and Amado, two teens decide to skip a summer of “volunteer” labor camps and instead are focused on scavenging for food to stave off intense hunger. They are brought together by a singing dog, who knows that they are destined for each other. Both have dreams of a future with more freedom and more nutrition, but there are frightening risks involved in defying their government’s laws that are designed to keep them under control. The poems are told in alternating voices of the three main characters, and though they are expressed in relatively simple terms, there is no denying the emotion the reader will feel for these desperate characters. Both eye-opening and heart-rending, this is a book filled with hope at the core.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Lizanne Johnson

    In 1991 Cuba Liana is fourteen and chooses to stay home rather than go to the mandatory summer of labor. She risks her future to spend her time looking for food. She encounters a mystical dog who helps her on her quest. They meet Amado, a young man who also skipped the forced labor at great risk to his family (his older brother is already in prison for his own protests). What follows is an inspiring tale told in verse in two voices. The setting, characters, plot, and tension feel as profound as In 1991 Cuba Liana is fourteen and chooses to stay home rather than go to the mandatory summer of labor. She risks her future to spend her time looking for food. She encounters a mystical dog who helps her on her quest. They meet Amado, a young man who also skipped the forced labor at great risk to his family (his older brother is already in prison for his own protests). What follows is an inspiring tale told in verse in two voices. The setting, characters, plot, and tension feel as profound as the most detailed prose. This own voice novel in verse will appeal to a wide range of readers. I will definitely purchase this for both my high school and middle school libraries. It is surely a winner in every way. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the chance to read this arc in exchange for an honest review.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Izzy

    This is a book that takes place in 1991 on the island of Cuba during el periodo especial en tiempos de paz- the speical period in times of peace. Liana and Amado are starving. They are both not going to farm labor find each other searching for food and and fall in love. This book is written in verse and really good. Its a book about whether love is stronger the hunger and its beautiful. I wanted to learn more! I wanted more character involvement I connected with the characters as much as I could This is a book that takes place in 1991 on the island of Cuba during el periodo especial en tiempos de paz- the speical period in times of peace. Liana and Amado are starving. They are both not going to farm labor find each other searching for food and and fall in love. This book is written in verse and really good. Its a book about whether love is stronger the hunger and its beautiful. I wanted to learn more! I wanted more character involvement I connected with the characters as much as I could but that wasn't much. It was a really good book but there are gaps and places where I wanted to know this about Liana and Amado but weren't there!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Cassandra Bland

    Engle does a wonderful job writing this book to help readers understand what like has been like for Cubans. It was eye-opening for me and hard to fathom a government who behaves in this manner, not providing enough food for the native people. I'm a huge fan of free verse and I have so many favorite lines from this book, too many to pick just one. I recommend this book for middle school and high school readers and would make for some great discussions in a history/government class. Thank you to S Engle does a wonderful job writing this book to help readers understand what like has been like for Cubans. It was eye-opening for me and hard to fathom a government who behaves in this manner, not providing enough food for the native people. I'm a huge fan of free verse and I have so many favorite lines from this book, too many to pick just one. I recommend this book for middle school and high school readers and would make for some great discussions in a history/government class. Thank you to Simon and Schuster and NetGalley for the Advanced Reader eCopy.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Yapha

    This novel in verse takes place in Cuba after the USSR was dissolved and Cuba is no longer receiving aid from them. This has a devastating effect on the the citizens of Cuba who are slowly starving to death. Told from alternating perspectives of a teenage girl and boy, we come to understand the choices so many people made to make the dangerous journey by raft to Florida or to buy and sell food on the black market. For grades 7 & up. eARC provided by publisher via Edelweiss

  14. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Cresse

    I was unaware of the food crisis in Cuba in the 1990s until I picked up this novel told through verse. Verse is the perfect method to tell this story since the empty space on the page fits with the emptiness of the people as they went hungry during this tragic time. It's a great title to bring awareness to a troubling situation and help answer questions about why Florida finds so many refugees on its shores even today--3o years later. I was unaware of the food crisis in Cuba in the 1990s until I picked up this novel told through verse. Verse is the perfect method to tell this story since the empty space on the page fits with the emptiness of the people as they went hungry during this tragic time. It's a great title to bring awareness to a troubling situation and help answer questions about why Florida finds so many refugees on its shores even today--3o years later.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Alma

    I remembered many Cubans arriving in the United States by sea during this period of time, but never knew they braved the ocean due to starving conditions in Cuba. Thank you Margarita for sharing another part of Cuba’s history with your readers. Read more on my blog: https://shouldireaditornot.wordpress.... I remembered many Cubans arriving in the United States by sea during this period of time, but never knew they braved the ocean due to starving conditions in Cuba. Thank you Margarita for sharing another part of Cuba’s history with your readers. Read more on my blog: https://shouldireaditornot.wordpress....

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jack

    I love Margarita Engle's poetry and stories in Spanish and English. I feel immersed in her character's lives. I have several of her books. Recommended. Reading age : 12 years and up Grade level : 7 - 9 Publisher : Atheneum Books for Young Readers (March 23, 2021) I love Margarita Engle's poetry and stories in Spanish and English. I feel immersed in her character's lives. I have several of her books. Recommended. Reading age : 12 years and up Grade level : 7 - 9 Publisher : Atheneum Books for Young Readers (March 23, 2021)

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kip

    What a achingly beautiful book! The romance is just right, as is all the other love nestled around the young couple--for their brothers, their families, their island. The last poem was my favorite of all. So lovely. I also really appreciated the Author's Note at the end. Highly recommend! What a achingly beautiful book! The romance is just right, as is all the other love nestled around the young couple--for their brothers, their families, their island. The last poem was my favorite of all. So lovely. I also really appreciated the Author's Note at the end. Highly recommend!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus This was a fascinating book on a topic I didn't know anything about. It would have been great to have even more information about this period in history, but it's a good story as well. E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus This was a fascinating book on a topic I didn't know anything about. It would have been great to have even more information about this period in history, but it's a good story as well.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Pam Page

    A heartbreaking story about Cuba in the early 1990's that depicts life for Cubans when they were literally starving due to food being so scarce for residents (but not for visitors!). The book is written in verse with an important author's note at the end. A heartbreaking story about Cuba in the early 1990's that depicts life for Cubans when they were literally starving due to food being so scarce for residents (but not for visitors!). The book is written in verse with an important author's note at the end.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    Margarita Engle's verse novels are always beautiful. This one is set in one of the most difficult periods in Cuban history. Engle weaves the stories of two teens into this time of hardship and hunger thoughtfully, making this a memorable and important read. Margarita Engle's verse novels are always beautiful. This one is set in one of the most difficult periods in Cuban history. Engle weaves the stories of two teens into this time of hardship and hunger thoughtfully, making this a memorable and important read.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Rachelle Greer

    I'm not really big on books written in verse but I read this for the annual "Librarians Reading Challenge". I'm not really big on books written in verse but I read this for the annual "Librarians Reading Challenge".

  22. 4 out of 5

    Adriana De Persia

    the words in this book...wow.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Joe Anderson

    Great job author, I really like your writing style. I suggest you join NovelStar’s writing competition, you might be their next big star.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Hottinger

    This novel in verse speaks of a time of starvation in Cuba. Margarita Engle grasps your heart and takes you to a time of hunger, pain, hope and love.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Agbillman

    If I could give a 4.5, that’s likely more accurate. A beautifully envisioned and constructed novel in verse: I just wanted more!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Patti Sabik

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Such compelling words in verse for such a moving story. Fictional characters illustrate the real life events of the Cuban famine in the 1990s. The fictional romance takes place during 1991 set against the Pan Am games and describes how food, which was primarily imported, was diverted to tourists. Fending for yourself in most ways, such as farming and fishing were illegal. The political situation between Castro, Russia, and the U.S. is sketched. Heartbreaking solutions to the pain and suffering a Such compelling words in verse for such a moving story. Fictional characters illustrate the real life events of the Cuban famine in the 1990s. The fictional romance takes place during 1991 set against the Pan Am games and describes how food, which was primarily imported, was diverted to tourists. Fending for yourself in most ways, such as farming and fishing were illegal. The political situation between Castro, Russia, and the U.S. is sketched. Heartbreaking solutions to the pain and suffering are considered and the realization that love triumphs in the end. Beautifully written.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Salisbury

  28. 4 out of 5

    Rose Marie

  29. 4 out of 5

    Eli

  30. 4 out of 5

    Anna

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