Travels in Cuba

Travels in Cuba


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Even for an experienced traveler like Charlie, Cuba is a place unlike any he has visited before — an island full of surprises, secrets and puzzling contradictions.

When Charlie’s artist mother is invited to visit a school in Cuba, the whole family goes along on the trip. But the island they discover is a far cry from the all-inclusive resorts that Charlie has heard his friends talk about.

Charlie has never visited a country as strange and puzzling as Cuba — a country where he often feels like a time traveler. Where Havana’s grand Hotel Nacional sits next to buildings that seem to be crumbling before his very eyes. Where the streets are filled with empty storefronts and packs of wild dogs, but where flowers and sherbet-colored houses may lie around the next corner, and music is everywhere. Where there are many different kinds of walls — from Havana’s famous sea wall to the invisible ones that seem aimed at keeping tourists and locals apart.

Then the family heads “off the beaten track,” traveling by hot, dusty bus to Viñales, where Charlie makes friends with Lázaro, who often flies from Miami to visit his Cuban relatives. The boys ride a horse bareback, find a secret cache of rifles inside a little green mountain and go swimming with small albino fish in an underground cave. A rent-a-wreck takes the family into the countryside, where they find an abandoned hotel inhabited by goats, and a modern resort filled with tourists.

And as he goes from one strange and marvelous escapade to another, Charlie finds that his expectations about a place and its people are overturned again and again.

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    Travels in Cuba Reviews

  • Ivonne Rovira

    I picked up this book, thinking it was a coffee-table book with glossy photos of ancient Chevrolets in Havana, the beach at Varadero, the mogotes in Viñales, the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Ha...

  • Christine

    This was a book arc from the publisher. This is such a cute book. It would be wonderful for a read aloud in the classroom. A family goes to Cuba for vacation. Instead of staying at an all inclusive re...

  • Laura

    This book is apparently part of a fictional series of travels as told by a 10 year old. Seeing the world through a 10 year olds eyes is rather cool, as it is unfiltered. And his view of Cuba is both s...

  • Rajiv

    [Blog]::[Youtube]::[Twitter]::[Instagram]::[Pinterest]::[Bloglovin] I didn’t know that “Travels in Cuba” was part of an ongoing series called “Travels with My Family,” but that did not st...

  • Jan

    Thank you to Groundwood Books and NetGalley for a chance to read Travels in Cuba by Marie-Louise, illustrated by David Homel.First of all, I learned so much about Cuba from reading about Charlie, Max ...

  • Julie

    With thanks to NetGalley and House of Anansi Press Inc. for an early copy in return for an honest review.I love books with a strong sense of setting and anytime I can travel through the pages of the b...

  • Engel Dreizehn

    ARC's another family trip off the beaten path! I did like that yes its a gentle-warm trip through Cuba's sights and sounds but also no sugar coating (yet accessible to the targeted age group...

  • Andra

    Note: I received a digital review copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley....

  • Melody

    Great travel story for kids ...