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Before We Were Free (Paperback)

Author:  Julia Alvarez
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 044023784X
ISBN-13: 9780440237846
Sku: 33977589
Publish Date: 4/1/2004
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 6.75H x 4.25L x 0.75T
Pages:  192
Age Range:  15 to 19
"May I have some volunteers?" Mrs. Brown is saying. We are preparing skits for Thanksgiving, two weeks away. Although the Pilgrims never came to the Dominican Republic, we are attending the American school, so we have to celebrate American holidays. (from the first line)
Noticing that nearly all of her family has left the Dominican Republic for the United States, twelve-year-old Anita begins to question why and quickly comes to understand when her uncle suddenly disappears and her family becomes terrorized by the secret police. An ALA Notable Book. Reprint. *Author: Alvarez, Julia *Publication Date: 2004/04/01 *Number of Pages: 183 *Binding Type: Paperback *Grade Level: 7-9 *Language: English *Depth: 0.75 *Width: 4.25 *Height: 6.75
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Anita de la Torre never questioned her freedom living in the Dominican Republic. But by her 12th birthday in 1960, most of her relatives have emigrated to the United States, her Tío Toni has disappeared without a trace, and the government’s secret police terrorize her remaining family because of their suspected opposition of el Trujillo’s dictatorship.

Using the strength and courage of her family, Anita must overcome her fears and fly to freedom, leaving all that she once knew behind.

From renowned author Julia Alvarez comes an unforgettable story about adolescence, perseverance, and one girl’s struggle to be free.

From the Hardcover edition.
Author Bio
Julia Alvarez
Like many of her characters, Alvarez emigrated from the Dominican Republic (where her father worked in the underground against Trujillo) to Queens, New York when she was 10 years old. Educated at boarding schools, Middlebury College (B.A. 1971), and Syracuse University (M.F.A.), she has been a traveling poet-in-residence for the state of Kentucky, a teacher, and a poet. Most of her work is about the Latina experience in America, and her novels tend to be written from multiple points-of-view.


Kirkus Reviews
"Alvarez's pacing is swift and sure, and the description of the ever-increasing dangers faced by the de la Torres is utterly compelling." - Jeannette M. Hulick November 2002

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