Hurricane Dancers: The First Caribbean Pirate Shipwreck by Margarita Engle
Caribbean, Islands, Hurricane, Shipwreck, Pirates, Language, Cultural Differences
Quebrado is a slave on a pirate ship, but when a hurricane destroys the vessel he escapes and befriends the people of a secluded island village. When his former master and his equally evil captive wash up on shore, their fates rest in Quebrado’s hands; a responsibility he would rather avoid in favor of running off with his new friends, the young lovers Caucubu and Narido. The subject matter is exciting: pirates and shipwrecks and language barriers and evil and love! Yet somehow this verse book falls flat: it is more a chronicle of events than a character-driven or adventure-filled story. It lacks emotion and suspense and it is nearly impossible to connect with the characters.