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Author Information: Carmen Agra Deedy

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Carmen Agra Deedy is an award-winning storyteller and the author of numerous bestselling books for children. Born in Havana, Cuba in 1960, she immigrated from her homeland during the Cuban Revolution, a move which has profoundly affected her life and her work. Her parents, strong proponents of human rights, decided to leave after four tumultuous years in the midst of a revolutionary environment. They took Carmen and her young sister and found sanctuary in the United States under the JFK Cuban Refugee Act of 1963. They settled in Decatur, Georgia, where they coped with the separation from loved ones still in Cuba and slowly acclimated to cultural differences. The Agra family ultimately succeeded in starting over and rebuilding their lives. While Deedy’s storytelling reflects these themes of separation, persecution and deprivation, she is better known for her razor-sharp wit and light, entertaining style. Also essential to Deedy’s experience are her strong sense of perseverance and her dual heritage, drawn from growing up steeped in the riches of both Latin American and Southern culture.

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