My Brigadista Year (Large Print / Library Binding)

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Lora, a 13-year-old slightly pampered girl of Havana is called by Castro’s national literacy campaign to go into the mountains and teach the farmers there to read and write. Paterson shows the other side of the Cuban revolution that brought Castro to power. Based on the events of 1961, Paterson opens a world to us that we might not know. While the more mature facts are not hidden, they are presented in an accessible way. A very strong 8 or 9-year-old could read this, or have it read to them, but it is aimed at ages 10 to 13. The Author's note and a timeline of Cuban history at the end help tie everything together. — Jeanette

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In an engrossing historical novel, the Newbery Medal-winning author of Bridge to Terabithia follows a young Cuban teenager as she volunteers for Fidel Castro's national literacy campaign and travels into the impoverished countryside to teach others how to read.

When thirteen-year-old Lora tells her parents that she wants to join Premier Castro's army of young literacy teachers, her mother screeches to high heaven, and her father roars like a lion. Nora has barely been outside of Havana -- why would she throw away her life in a remote shack with no electricity, sleeping on a hammock in somebody's kitchen? But Nora is stubborn: didn't her parents teach her to share what she has with someone in need? Surprisingly, Nora's abuela takes her side, even as she makes Nora promise to come home if things get too hard. But how will Nora know for sure when that time has come? Shining light on a little-known moment in history, Katherine Paterson traces a young teen's coming-of-age journey from a sheltered life to a singular mission: teaching fellow Cubans of all ages to read and write, while helping with the work of their daily lives and sharing the dangers posed by counterrevolutionaries hiding in the hills nearby. Inspired by true accounts, the novel includes an author's note and a timeline of Cuban history.

About the Author


Katherine Paterson is a former National Ambassador for Young People's Literature. Her international fame rests not only on her widely acclaimed novels but also on her efforts to promote literacy in the United States and abroad. A two-time winner of the Newbery Medal and the National Book Award, she has also received numerous other accolades, including the Hans Christian Andersen Award, the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, as well as the Vermont Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts.With her late husband, John Paterson, she co-authored The Flint Heart, a wryly retold fantasy illustrated by John Rocco and published by Candlewick Press. In 2000, Katherine Paterson was named a Living Legend by the Library of Congress. She lives in Barre, Vermont.


Product Details
ISBN: 9781432849306
ISBN-10: 1432849301
Large Print: Yes
Publisher: Thorndike Press Large Print
Publication Date: February 21st, 2018
Language: English
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