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The Lightning Dreamer: Cuba's greatest abolitionist


At thirteen, Tula wonders "how many slaves / Mama will buy with the money / she gains by marrying me to / the highest bidder." Loosely based on the early life of the Cuban novelist and human rights advocate Gertrudis Gmez de Avellaneda (1814-73) who was nicknamed Tula, this novel in verse follows her through a dangerous open rebellion against 19th century slavery in Cuba and a personal fight to resist an arranged marriage.  During this time in Cuban history, the most open rebels were poets like Gmez de Avellaneda. This award winning novel is recommended for grade 6 and up and would pair well with books like Homeless Bird by Gloria Whelan.

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2014 Building Process Open House

March 27 | 4:30-6:30 pm

You're invited to drop-in, take a look at the top four sites, ask questions and provide input about the library needs assessment and site selection process. Representatives from Engberg Anderson and APL Staff will be on-hand to answer questions. You'll also be able to pick your favorite site with a fun, hands-on activity.

The open house will be located on the first level in the Appleton Public Library’s Children’s Program Rooms.

For more information about the process, please visit our newly updated APL 150 website. For a list of frequently asked questions, please see the attachment below. If you have a question that is not on the list, please call us at (920) 832-6170.

Escape from Communist Heaven



The Vietnam War.  Just saying it evokes all kinds of memories, images and emotions from people who were directly involved to those of us who were born well after the conflict ended. Usually we hear only the American side or the Viet Cong side of the war but in Escape from Communist Heaven by Dennis W. Dunivan we get to hear what happened to Vietnam after the war was over. Based on a true story, Escape from Communist Heaven reads like Dystopian Fiction and recalls a world that is remarkably like North Korea. Author Dennis W. Dunivan worked with Viet Nguyen to share his story of escape in this fictionalized account. Fans of First They Killed my Father by Loung Un will find this to be a gentler read and while this book is not poetic it is poignant in its simple text.

In this book the main character Viet, whose name means people, is an everyman character who is adapting to life in a new country. But this new country is the same country he was born in only now all of the rules have changed. Now people disappear, there are prison camps for children, good food is a luxury and no one can be trusted. Would you want to escape from communist heaven?



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