The first Latin author to receive a Newbery Honor will visit the Madera County Library next week to discuss her books for young adults.
Margarita Engle, a Cuban-American author who lives in Clovis, has published several books, including four award-winning young adult novels in verse.
She won the first Newbery Honor given to a Latino for her book “The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba’s Struggle for Freedom.” The book tells the story of a Cuban nurse who turns hidden caves into hospitals to help rebels during Cuba’s war for independence.
The John Newbery Honor, named for an 18th century publisher of juvenile books, is awarded each year to authors who make distinguished contributions to American literature for children. Engle will discuss her award-winning novels, along with her latest, “The Wild Book,” at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Madera County Library at 121 N. G St.