Rima's Rebellion : Courage in a Time of Tyranny
by Engle, Margarita

In 1920s Cuba, Rima is bullied and shunned for her illegitimacy, but finds solace in riding her horse and forges unexpected friendships with others who share her dreams of freedom and suffrage. Includes historical note.

Margarita Engle is the Cuban American author of many books including the verse novels Rima's RebellionYour Heart, My SkyWith a Star in My HandThe Surrender Tree, a Newbery Honor winner; and The Lightning Dreamer. Her verse memoirs include Soaring Earth and Enchanted Air, which received the Pura Belpré Award, a Walter Dean Myers Award Honor, and was a finalist for the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction, among others. Her picture books include Drum Dream GirlDancing Hands, and The Flying Girl. Visit her at MargaritaEngle.com.

Growing up in 1920s Cuba, Rima lives with her mother and her grandmother, who was a fierce La Mambisa, a woman who fought in Cuba's war for independence. Now these women fight for an independence of a different kind-equality. Rima, bullied and ignored because she is an "illegitimate" child, is inspired by the women around her, and she grows into a feminista. On a journey spanning age 12 into her young adulthood, Rima navigates the world around her, fights for justice, forms a tentative friendship with her half sister, finds her voice, and falls in love. As she grows older, Rima discovers she can use her voice to create poems and works in a print shop. Engle's lyrical poems take various forms, and despite the fictional tale, the account of the fight for women's rights in Cuba is based on history and reflective of many of today's social struggles. Rima's passion and courage are sure to inspire today's readers to take up their own fight for equality and justice. Grades 7-10. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Rima Marín fights overwhelming oppression in 1920s Cuba. Life isn't easy for Rima, a 12-year-old living in Guanabacoa, Cuba, in 1923. She lives with her mother and grandmother and helps them with their lacemaking and blacksmithing, but she's a squatter on her father's land. Brown-skinned, multiracial Rima is a "natural" child, born out of wedlock, possessing no rights, and not acknowledged as a member of her father's family; meanwhile, her light-skinned half sister, Violeta, leads a privileged life with their father. Rima lives in a time when it is within the men's legal rights to murder their wives or daughters if they are caught with a lover (the other men are fair game, too). Clearly, she's got a lot to rebel against, and readers will understand why she becomes a mambisa, joining a legacy of women activists on horseback who fought for Cuba's independence from Spain and women's suffrage. The life of this fictional character highlights crucial subjects, such as Cuba's complex ethnic and racial history and the long struggle for women's rights. Unfortunately, the book's brevity doesn't allow readers to dig deeply enough into these issues. The poetry is beautiful, but the verse form paired with a fast-paced plot-Rima's narrative jumps through time and plot points at lightning speed-leaves readers feeling breathless. A worthy story about Cuba's feminist history that moves too quickly. (historical note, timeline) (Verse novel. 12-18) Copyright Kirkus 2021 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

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