90 Miles to Havana by Enrique Flores-Galbis. Flores-Galbis, born in Cuba in 1962, is an artist and a published author. He uses his experience of being sent away from Cuba as a boy at the beginning of the Cuban Revolution and his adventures in the Operation Pedro camps in Southern Florida to write a humorous but poignant book. The protagonist of the book, a young boy named Julian, must leave his parents and travel with his brothers to the United States. Julian is thrust into a new culture, meets many new people, and must determine how to best survive bullies. This book is suspenseful and exciting. Julian discovers through his adventures that identity is defined by and changes in the eyes of others as a result of new environments and experiences. Though fiction, it is based on true events and educates readers about an historically relevant time.
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