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My brigadista year

by Paterson, Katherine,

Format: Large Print 2018
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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CLP - Library for the Blind Children's Large Print Books j FICTION Paterson CL10652
Location  CLP - Library for the Blind
Collection  Children's Large Print Books
Call Number  j FICTION Paterson CL10652
A Newbery Medal Award-winning AuthorA National Book Award-winning AuthorThis engrossing historical novel from the author of Bridge to Terabithia follows a teenage Cuban volunteer for Fidel Castro's national literacy campaign. Traveling into the impoverished countryside to teach others how to read, she helps with the daily work and shares the dangers posed by counterrevolutionaries hiding nearby.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Fidel Castro's rise to power elicited many different reactions from Cubans see, for example, Christina Diaz Gonzalez's The Red Umbrella (2010). Paterson's latest focuses on how Castro implemented a successful national literacy campaign. Havana resident Lora, an amazing reader, volunteers to be a teacher in the mountains of Cuba for one year. Lora has never been away from home before, and must leave behind all her city comforts to embark on a journey that will change her life. Readers interested in Cuba will find a wealth of information here; both a time line and political background are supplied between pages. While Lora's adventure is based on a true story, the weakness of the novel lies in the presentation of danger: the looming threat that Lora could be killed by the enemy at any time does not quite resonate. Readers will find that the strength of the book lies not in Lora's adventures but in the critical question she asks: Which country is truly perfect? A fascinating, possibly controversial portrayal of a turbulent time in history.--Bratt, Jessica Anne Copyright 2017 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Two-time Newbery Medalist Paterson turns her attention to 1961 Cuba in the story of 13-year-old Lora Llera, who volunteers to become part of Fidel Castro's literacy campaign-to her parents' dismay. She and hundreds of other volunteers of all ages spend months living with farmers in the countryside, working alongside them during the day and teaching them to read and write at night. (Castro intended to have a fully literate population within a year's time, and the brigadistas were an important part of that plan.) Through Lora's naïve but openhearted perspective, Paterson weaves in details about Cuban history and the events that led to the overthrow of the Batista regime and the rise of Communism, though she skirts many of the political hot-button issues that surround Castro's rule. An author's note and timeline fill in additional details about Cuba's past, but Paterson's story is without political agenda, focusing instead on an improbable (and successful) literacy campaign and how it dramatically expands the world of one sheltered but determined girl. Ages 10-14. Agent: Allison Cohen, Gersh Agency. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Series Thorndike Press large print mini-collections.
Subjects Child teachers -- Juvenile fiction.
Rural poor -- Education -- Juvenile fiction.
Literacy -- Cuba -- Juvenile fiction.
Literacy -- Cuba -- History -- Fiction.
Coming of age -- Fiction.
Historical fiction.
Large type books.
Cuba -- History -- 20th century -- Juvenile fiction.
Cuba -- History -- 20th century -- Fiction.
Publisher Farminton Hills, Mich. :2018
Edition Large print edition.
Language English
Description 323 pages (large print) : maps ; 23 cm.
ISBN 9781432849306
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