I read this book for my Literature & Media for Children class. I am using it for the Treasure Hunt (something made of wood), Women Challenge, Goodreads 2013 Reading Challenge, Bookworm Bitches 2013 A-Z Title Challenge, and 52 Books in 52 Weeks.
Summary from Goodreads: It is 1896. Cuba has fought three wars for independence and still is not free. People have been rounded up in reconcentration camps with too little food and too much illness. Rosa is a nurse, but she dares not go to the camps. So she turns hidden caves into hospitals for those who know how to find her. Black, white, Cuban, Spanish—Rosa does her best for everyone. Yet who can heal a country so torn apart by war? Acclaimed poet Margarita Engle has created another breathtaking portrait of Cuba. The Surrender Tree is a 2009 Newbery Honor Book, the winner of the 2009 Pura Belpre Medal for Narrative and the 2009 Bank Street – Claudia Lewis Award, and a 2009 Bank Street – Best Children’s Book of the Year.
Verdict: 4 out of 5 stars. This is a great historical fiction novel and revealed a lot about the history of Cuba that I was previously unaware of. I always think I won’t like books written in poetry form but I do! This one included. It was a bit gruesome (putting body parts in cages, collecting ears) but that’s my only complaint.