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by Fullerton, Alma.

Format: Print Book 2008
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
Available (1)
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CLP - Main Library First Floor Children's Department - Fiction Collection j PAPERBACK Fullerton
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  First Floor Children's Department - Fiction Collection
Call Number  j PAPERBACK Fullerton

Governor General's Literary Award nominee 2008
- Children's Literature, Text category

Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Award Winner, 2009

2010 Skipping Stones Honor Award Winner
- Multicultural and International Awareness Books category

Golden Oak Award winner, 2009

Canadian Children's Book Centre Awards 2009 finalist

On Resource Link's "Best of 2008" List

CLA Children's Book of the Year Award Honour Book, 2009

Manitoba Young Readers' Choice Awards shortlist, 2010

Canadian Children's Book Centre Our Choice, 2009
- Starred Choice

OLA's Silver Birch Fiction nominee 2010

With their father gone to America to make money for his family, Libertad, his little brother Julio and their mother scrape a living out of a dump in Guatemala City. Although it is too late for him, Libertad is determined that his little brother should go to school. Taught to play the marimba by his father, Libertad uses his talent as a street musician to raise enough money for his brother's school supplies. But his dreams for their future are destroyed when their mother is killed in a freak accident. Libertad must face the inevitable truth; they cannot survive on the streets of Guatemala City alone. There is only one thing to do. They must set out on the long and lonely journey to the Rio Grande River, where they plan to cross the water and enter the United States to find their father.

A moving story about determination and hope, Libertad is a stunning free verse novel by the author of In the Garage and Walking on Glass .

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Libertad, along with his little brother and mother, fights for survival in the Guatemala City Dump, scavenging for anything sellable amid the garbage. Their Papi left for America five years earlier, shortly after soldiers drove them from their village. Now their mother takes hits of cobbler's glue and dreams of the day Papi will return, while Libertad plays a trashed marimba for a few coins and goes hungry to save enough money to send seven-year-old Julio to school. When the boys' mother is killed in a horrifying accident, Libertad decides to make the long journey north with Julio to find their father. The spare free verse is uneven but still packed with heartrending images of desperation and squalid poverty that will be eye-opening to young readers. Libertad's fierce love for his brother is deeply moving and based on the story of a real boy's journey combined with other children's actual experiences. Although there are some contrivances and loose ends, this short yet evocative tale will attract readers.--Rutan, Lynn Copyright 2008 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Brothers -- Guatemala -- Juvenile fiction.
Grief in children -- Juvenile fiction.
Street musicians -- Juvenile fiction.
Novels in verse.
Brothers -- Guatemala -- Fiction.
Grief in children -- Fiction.
Street musicians -- Fiction.
Guatemala -- Juvenile fiction.
Guatemala -- Fiction.
Publisher Brighton, Mass. :Fitzhenry & Whiteside,2008
Language English
Some text in Spanish.
Description 215 pages : illustrations, map ; 20 cm
ISBN 9781554551064 (pbk.)
1554551064 (pbk.)
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