My Brigadista Year (Compact Disc)

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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


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 Nora 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 time line of Cuban history.

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ISBN: 9781543654950
ISBN-10: 1543654959
Publisher: Candlewick on Brilliance Audio
Publication Date: October 10th, 2017
Language: English
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