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Before We Were Free
Winner of the 2004 Pura Belpre Award for Best Latino Writer
Synopses & Reviews
Anita de la Torre never questioned her freedom living in the Dominican Republic. But by her 12th birthday in 1960, most of her relatives have emigrated to the United States, her Tío Toni has disappeared without a trace, and the governments secret police terrorize her remaining family because of their suspected opposition of el Trujillos dictatorship.
Using the strength and courage of her family, Anita must overcome her fears and fly to freedom, leaving all that she once knew behind.
From renowned author Julia Alvarez comes an unforgettable story about adolescence, perseverance, and one girls struggle to be free.
"Alvarez...proves as gifted at writing for adolescents as she is for adults....A stirring work of art." Publishers Weekly
"[A] powerful first-person narrative....[A] story that imagines so clearly for American readers the travails of all-too-many Latin nations then and now." Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
Julia Alvarez grew up in the Dominican Republic before emigrating to the United States at the age of 10. She now lives in Vermont, where she is a writer-in-residence at Middlebury College.
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