The Red Umbrella: UCF Orlando Book Festival Spotlight

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Christina Diaz Gonzalez is one of the authors who will be at the UCF Orlando Book Festival. Here is some information about the book and author straight from her website (which is gorgeous!) And also, while I have yet to read this book, you can check out a glowing review by Juju at Tales of Whimsy!

About the book:
In 1961, two years after the Communist revolution, Lucía Álvarez still leads a carefree life, dreaming of parties and her first crush. But when the soldiers come to her sleepy Cuban town, everything begins to change. Freedoms are stripped away. Neighbors disappear. Her friends feel like strangers. And her family is being watched.

As the revolution's impact becomes more oppressive, Lucía's parents make the heart-wrenching decision to send her and her little brother to the United States—on their own.

Suddenly plunked down in Nebraska with well-meaning strangers, Lucía struggles to adapt to a new country, a new language, a new way of life. But what of her old life? Will she ever see her home or her parents again? And if she does, will she still be the same girl?

Based on the real events of Operation Pedro Pan where over 14,000 Cuban children were sent to the U.S. in the two year period between 1960-1962, this novel depicts the pain of losing one’s homeland and showcases the generosity of the American spirit. (

About the Author:
Christina Diaz Gonzalez was born in a small Southern town, but she was always very aware of her Cuban heritage (loving both grits and Cuban pastelitos). She is the author of the highly acclaimed children’s novel, THE RED UMBRELLA, which reviewers from publications such as The Washington Post, Publisher’s Weekly and School Library Journal have praised as being exceptional, compelling and inspirational. Ms. Gonzalez’s novel (the story of a 14 year old Cuban girl who is sent to the U.S. in 1961 in order to escape Castro’s communist revolution) showcases the generosity of the American spirit and highlights the pain of losing one’s homeland. Her second novel, A THUNDEROUS WHISPER, is to be released in Spring 2012. (


Juju at Tales of said...

O yay! She is so so so so cool and I loved her book. Enjoy and thank you so much for the shout out and link. *hugs*

bermudaonion said...

I wish I could come to the book festival! I'm glad to see that such great bloggers will be attending and know you'll do us proud.

Zibilee said...

I think this book sounds excellent, and I may just have to pick it up at the festival! Your spotlight post was wonderful and perhaps you will get the chance to interview the author in April!

Michelle (Red Headed Book Child) said...

I'm going to see if my library has it. I've been digging around for good books to donate for collection. Thanks Jenny!

Christina Diaz Gonzalez said...

Thanks for the great promo for The Red Umbrella and for my upcoming visit at the UCF Book Festival! Hope to meet you and some of the other great bloggers (like Juju) in April!

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