The Red Umbrella 

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In 1961, two years after the Communist revolution, Luca lvarez 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, Luca's parents make the heart-wrenching decision to send her and her little brother to the United Stateson their own. Suddenly plunked down in Nebraska with well-meaning strangers, Luca 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 ones homeland and showcases the generosity of the American spirit.

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