Margarita Engle (b. 1951, Pasadena, Calif.): A botanist by training, Engle was a professor of agronomy and an irrigation specialist in California before she turned to writing. She has been a columnist for the Hispanic Link News Service and her fiction has been published in many journals and magazines, including The Americas Review and Revista Interamericana. Engle is the winner of the San Diego Book Award, and her young adult novel, The Surrender Tree, won a Newbery Honor award, a Pura Belpr√© Medal, an Americas Award and a Jane Addams Award. Her young adult novels in verse include The Poet Slave of Cuba, Tropical Secrets, The Firefly Letters and The Wild Book. (Cintas for literature, 1994-95)

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