My Brigadista Year

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My Brigadista Year
Written by Katherine Paterson
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ISBN-13: 9781536202236
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My Brigadista Year

author: Katherine Paterson

When thirteen-year-old Lora tells her parents that she wants to join Fidel Castro’s army of young literacy teachers, her parents refuse to let her. Lora has barely been outside of Havana — why would she throw away her life in a remote shack with no electricity? But Lora is stubborn: Didn’t her parents teach her to share what she has with those in need? 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.

“In this idealistic and informative coming-of-age novel, readers experience alongside Lora her triumphs and challenges . . . and seeing how learning to read and write changes lives.” — The Horn Book
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1536202231 /  9781536202236
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Middle-grade Novel / Paperback
age range:
10 yrs - 14 yrs
# of pages/size:
208 / 5 1/4" x 7 3/4"
grade range:
Grade 5 - Grade 9
Girls & Women; Social Themes; Latin America;
author’s comments:
Katherine Paterson, a two-time winner of the Newbery Medal and the National Book Award, has written over thirty books and received numerous accolades, including the Hans Christian Andersen Award, the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, and the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award. 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. A former National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, Katherine Paterson is well known for her work in promoting literacy in the United States and internationally, and in 2000 the Library of Congress named her a Living Legend. She lives in Montpelier, Vermont.
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