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Before We Were Free

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Awards

Winner of the 2004 Pura Belpre Award for Best Latino Writer

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

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.

Review:

"Alvarez...proves as gifted at writing for adolescents as she is for adults....A stirring work of art." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"[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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Lady.boss, July 5, 2012 (view all comments by Lady.boss)
By the summary persuading about this book you can tell its gonna be an interesting book beacuse its from dominican republic and all the books she mad are were heart breaking but in a good way. its has all the details you need and all the questions you ask.its just a very simple book!!!!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780375815447
Author:
Alvarez, Julia
Publisher:
Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
Subject:
History
Subject:
Historical - Other
Subject:
Family life
Subject:
Social Situations - General
Subject:
Children's 12-Up - Fiction - History
Subject:
Ethnic - Hispanic & Latino
Subject:
People & Places - United States - Hispanic/Latino
Subject:
Social Issues - General
Subject:
Dominican Republic
Subject:
Revolutions
Subject:
Children s-Historical Fiction-Other
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20020831
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
8.64x5.92x.65 in. .69 lbs.
Age Level:
13-17

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