Monday, April 11, 2016

#atozchallenge: I is for Indigenous People of Cuba

Bonus I: It's a COVER REVEAL. Yep right smack in the middle of the #atozChallenge. Are you ready? 
Leap Books, May 9, 2016
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Sixth grade isn’t easy for Jesenya Moradi, especially since her father’s recent remarriage and tension with her new stepsister, Kammy. After an incident at school that nearly destroyed Kammy's life, Jess has been desperate to get on Kammy’s good side. But a fateful trip to an allegedly haunted bathroom changes both girls’ lives forever.

The rumors about the bathroom are true, and now Jess is convinced a demon's possessing Kammy. Eerie things happen whenever she's around – flying objects, flickering lights, not to mention the fact that something, or someone, is making people into its puppets.

Worse, the demon seems fixated on making Jess confess her part in ruining Kammy's reputation. Sticking to her Muslim faith, Jess enlists the help of an imam to exorcise the demon from Kammy. But can they get rid of the demon before it destroys her new family? 

Author Bio:
Madeia Sharif was born in New York City and she presently calls Miami her home. She received my master’s degree in psychology from Florida Atlantic University. After becoming a voracious reader in high school and a relentless writer dabbling in many genres in college, she found her niche writing for young people. Today she’s a MG and YA writer published through various presses. In addition to being a writer, she is a public school teacher. Her memberships include MensaALAN, and SCBWI.





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This year I traveled to Cuba. You know, it's that little island that's spitting distance from Florida and should not be visited without special dispensation. I wanted to see it before MacDonald's arrived. I'm so glad I did. I learned a lot and I met some wonderful people. It seems they like us. Now there's a change!

I'll add a short T/F quiz to each post the same as I did last year about Burma, and I'll post the answers to the questions the following day. 




Answers to you T/F Question for H

FALSE 1. Hemingway didn't fight in the Spanish-American War. He joined the Red Cross during WWI because he failed the vision test to join the service. He was also a reporter during the Spanish Civil War in 1937.  

TRUE 2. While A Moveable Feast was published in 1964 after his death, The Old Man and the Sea was the last book he wrote (1951). He earned the Pulitzer Prize for this short novel based on his time fishing on his boat, Pilar, with Gregorio Fuentes, the man said to have been the inspiration for the MC in his book.



I is for Indigenous people of Cuba. 

These were people who had come from South America and were called the Taíno. Later, when the Spanish arrived, they became known as the Arawak. It seems this group were farmers, but I can't imagine they didn't fish as well.




Your T/F Quiz for I (Only have one question for you today!)

Cuba's considered part of North America because of where it's situated geographically, but Latin American when it come to culture.


40 comments:

  1. Islands always produce the most interesting civilisations.
    Tasha
    Tasha's Thinkings | Wittegen Press | FB3X (AC)

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  2. Great cover, Medeia!
    I think it's true Cuba is part of North America.

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  3. My students asked me about indigenous peoples in Central and South America recently. They had the suspicion they existed, but they never heard or learned anything about them...

    @TarkabarkaHolgy from
    The Multicolored Diary
    MopDog

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  4. Hi Lee - we do move in 'high-powered circles' don't we - good for Medeia .. and wonderful to find out more about her ...

    True for both I think ... cheers Hilary

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  5. Medeia's cover is effectively creepy.

    I wonder how much has been lost about the first people on Cuba?

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  6. Congratulations to Medeia. Fascinating cover.
    There's so much about Cuba I did not know. Thanks for showing us more about this country. Have a great week.

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  7. Medeia always has the most amazing covers.

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  8. I'll say false. Cuba is not part of North America. And yeah for Medeia! She's a great author and this looks like a fun read.

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  9. Awesome cover and it sounds like a good book.

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  10. Congratulations to Medeia! Great cover. I love my daily trip to Cuba - warm weather, interesting people and places of inspiration to visit. Thanks for sharing.

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  11. Congratulations, Medeia! Love the cover. Sounds intriguing.
    It doesn't pay to copy. LOL
    Love the history lesson!
    True?

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  12. I'll go for true on that one. I mean, I don't really think of it as being North American.

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  13. Medeia's new cover looks great! I don't think Cuba is part of North America.

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  14. Congrats to Medeia! And I'm going to guess... true.

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  15. The Arawak were farmers, and probably fisher people as well. But the point is, is that they lived in settlements and weren't nomadic. The Caribs, for which the Caribbean is named, were nomadic, war-like, and cannibalistic. It's thought they "chased" the Arawak all the way up the chain from South American. Ask me how I know this... :) I'm going with true on your question.

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  16. The Haunted Stepsister sounds like an interesting book. I've never read anything by Sharif but I have put this one on my TBR list.

    As for your question, I would say True. It is considered a part of Latin America when it comes to culture.

    Visiting from the A to Z Blog Challenge.

    Shalom,
    Patricia @ EverythingMustChange

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  17. congrats to Medeia on the cover!

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  18. Congrats to Medeia! That cover is really creepy looking! :)

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  19. Congrats on the new book! It sounds thrilling. I would say false

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  20. It is truly wonderful reading about Cuba, so interesting how other culture's live. Wonderful post.
    Yvonne.

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  21. Thanks for bringing Medeia to my attention. Congratulations. The synopsis has me hooked!

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  22. Great cover indeed, congrats. I'd have to go with false on that one.

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  23. I agree with you. I'd think they would've also been fishermen.

    Congrats to Madeia!!!!

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  24. Great synopsis. And I wonder what interstellar aliens would think of us as an indigenous species?

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  25. Thank you for sharing Medeia's cover!

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  26. (screaming) oooooh! I LOVE THE IDEA OF A HAUNTED STEPSISTER AND AN IMAM!!! (hyperventilating)

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  27. Yay for Medeia! I am so excited for her! Her cover is spooky- just like the book sounds. :)
    ~Jess

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  28. Medeia, I didn't know you had this work in progress. Best wishes for The Haunted Stepsister!

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  29. Didn't realize Medeia had a new book out! Congrats to her. I know it will be a good one.

    We had Tainos here too, but there are few, if any, left on our shores.

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  30. But had Hemingway completed "The Movable Feast" before he wrote "The Old Man and the Sea?"

    My guess for today is "True"

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  31. I've met Cubans of different backgrounds. I'm sure I've met those with Taino blood. Thank you for sharing my cover. :)

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  32. So jealous you got to go to Cuba!!! Good for you!

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  33. Hi Lee! Are we following each other around the world or not? China was great, the Great Wall was indeed a challenge, and Cuba is next on my list! I, too, want to get there before the US takes over. Before all those lovely old cars become new shiny things! While music is still everywhere!

    Hope you're enjoying the A - Z.

    Denise :-)

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  34. Madeia's book sounds fabulously spooky! I do hope you plan on sharing some Cuba karaoke this month *orders another pitcher of mojitos*

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  35. I'll say true. And now I know I'll get the H questions right because I read this post first. :D

    Hemingway was a fascinating man.

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  36. Can't wait to read this book by Madeia and I must say I am very impatient with my life right now because I don't have time to read her Vitamins and Death (your gift to me) in one sitting.
    Your true /false question - its false because Cuba isn't part of North America :)

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  37. Congrats to Medeia on her cover. It's creepy which is great for her story.

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  38. Nice cover, interesting. Lee love your facts and question. Enjoyed reading them.
    Juneta @ Writer's Gambit

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  39. Interesting I'd forgotten that Hemingway was a reporter in the Spanish-American War

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