Book Review for The Red Umbrella by Christina Diaz Gonzalez

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The Red Umbrella

Christina Diaz Gonzalez

Hardcover, Published May 11, 2010 by Knopf Books

I wanted to read this book because I love to read historical fiction. This story shows what happens to families in Cuba during the time Castro was in charge. Castro and his followers take over the government anyone who is branded has a traitors is punished. To them safe, Lucia and Frankie are sent to the United States. The Red Umbrella is a fictional story of a real event called Operation Pedro Pan. Parents feared the Cuban Government would take away their parental authority.

This story is told from a fourteen year old girl’s point of view. Instead of living the life of a normal teenager, Lucia Alvarez must look after her seven year old brother Frankie as they make the journey from Cuba to the United States.

The first half of the book looks at how beautiful Cuba is and how hard it was for families to leave Cuba. The second half of the book shows what it is like for Lucia and Frankie when they go live with a foster family in Nebraska.

This book was very good. It was very real at times and there were many times I cried while reading it. I was glad it had a happy ending but after I read it I wondered if there were some families who were never reunited.

To find more books by Christina Diaz Gonzalez go to her web site: http://www.christinagonzalez.com

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