By Margarita Engle
Quebrado has been traded from pirate send to send within the Caribbean Sea for so long as he can take into accout. The sailors he toils less than name him el quebrado―half islander, part outsider, a damaged one. Now the pirate captain Bernardino de Talavera makes use of Quebrado as a translator to aid navigate the worlds and phrases among his mother's Taíno Indian language and his father's Spanish.
But whilst a typhoon sinks the send and such a lot of its group, it truly is Quebrado who escapes to defense. He learns the right way to survive land back, between those that deal with him good. And it truly is he who needs to come to a decision the destiny of his former captors. Latino curiosity.
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