Martina the Beautiful Cockroach: A Cuban Folktale told by Carmen Agra Deedy |

Carmen Agra Deedy has been writing for children for over two decades. Born in Havana, Cuba, she came to the U.S. as a refugee in 1964. She grew up in Decatur, Georgia, where she lives today.

During her interview for, she provides us with background information and an exclusive reading from Martina the Beautiful Cockroach: A Cuban Folktale.

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