Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Book Review - Learning to Die in Miami

** I just completed a Young Adult literature course and have read and reviewed several materials using a new format. This review follows a template given to me by my professor.**

Name: Christopher M. Jimenez
Media Format: Book (ebook)
Title: Learning to Die in Miami: Confessions of a refugee boy
Genre: Memoir, Biography
Author: Carlos Fire
Selection Source: Booklist
Publisher: Free Press
Recommended Audience Age: 16 - Adult
Reading Recommendation: 3
Curriculum Connections: History, Florida, Immigration


Carlos Fire was an immigrant to the United States as part of operation Pedro Pan. He came over under the guise of being sent to a boarding school. Mr. Fire writes of his experiences moving around the country and dealing with the disappointments of life without his parents.


This title can be a difficult read for YA’s that are not familiar with Cuban culture. The author continually references words in his own language, even profanity in his own language. This may spark censorship concerns. However, great discussions can spring from this memoir concerning the historical difficult of life in the U.S. for immigrants.


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