The Surrender Tree: Poems Of Cuba’s Struggle For Freedom

Who could have guessed that after all these years,the boy I called Lieutenant Deathwhen we were both childrenwould still be out here, in the forest,chasing me, now,hunting me, haunting me. It is 1896. Cuba has fought three wars for independence and still is not free. People have been rounded up in concentration camps with too little food and too much illness. Rosa is a nurse, but with a price on her head for helping the rebels, she dares not go to the camps. Instead, she turns hidden caves into hospitals for those who know how to find her. Black, white, Cuban, Spanish—Rosa does her best for everyone.

My Name Is Number 4: A True Story from the Cultural Revolution

Here is the real-life story about the fourth child in a family torn apart by China’s Cultural Revolution. After the death of both of her parents, Ting-xing and her siblings endured brutal Red Guard attacks on their schools and even in their home.  At the age of sixteen, Ting-xing is sent to a prison farm far from the world she knows, where she survived for six years. Eventually, people left the countryside, and Ting-xing passed the entrance exam for Beijing University, the only person in the prison camp to do so.