With a Star in My Hand: Rubén Darío Poetry Hero

From acclaimed author Margarita Engle comes a gorgeous novel in verse about Rubén Darío, the Nicaraguan poet and folk hero who initiated the literary movement of Modernismo.

As a little boy, Rubén Darío loved to listen to his great uncle, a man who told tall tales in a booming, larger-than-life voice. Rubén quickly learned the magic of storytelling, and discovered the rapture and beauty of verse. A restless and romantic soul, Rubén traveled across Central and South America seeking adventure and connection.

As he discovered new places and new loves, he wrote poems to express his wild storm of feelings. But the traditional forms felt too restrictive. He began to improvise his own poetic forms so he could capture the entire world in his words. At the age of twenty-one, he published his first book
Azul, which heralded a vibrant new literary movement called "Modernismo" that blended poetry and prose into something magical.

In gorgeous poems of her own, Margarita Engle tells the story of this passionate young man who revolutionized world literature.

"Exceptional." --Booklist (starred review)

"Heartfelt... Thoughtful and effective." --The Horn Book

"Engle's lyrical poetry emotionally conveys the reality of being a greatly gifted, passionate, and deeply ambitious young man in a turbulent time." --BBCB

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    • ISBN-13
      9781534424937
    • Weight
      0.6 lbs
    • ISBN-10
      1534424938
    • Item #
      64478
  • Category
    Young Adult Fiction
  • Age Group
    13 to 14 yrs
  • Grade Level
    6-8
  • Language
    English
  • Binding
    Hardcover
  • Theme 1
    Biography & Autobiography
  • Theme 2
    Poetry
  • Detailed (BISAC) Subject/Theme
    Novels in Verse
  • Awards
  • Author
    Engle, Margarita
  • Lexile Level
    NP
  • AR Level
    7.1
  • Dewey
    Fiction
  • Publisher
    Simon & Schuster
  • Publication Date
    2/18/2020
  • Pages
    160
  • Dimensions
    0.7 H × 8.4 L × 5.7 W
  • Case Qty
    37

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