Cuba in My Pocket follows 12-year-old Cumba from Cuba to Florida. He travels in the 1960s. Cumba must find his way in an unfamiliar place. Over time, he learns how to trust others and overcomes challenges.
Adrianna Cuevas based the story on her dad’s experience. Like Cumba, he came to the United States when he was young. Cuevas told TFK that writing the book taught her the power that stories have “to preserve things that are important to you.”
Cuevas feels that hope is an important theme in the book. “To me, hope means that I know that I’m going to be okay, regardless of the circumstances around me,” she says.