My Brigadista Year by Katherine Paterson

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Read My Brigadista Year Online Free - 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 Lora 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. Lora 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 Lora is stubborn: didn't her parents teach her to share what she has with someone in need? Surprisingly, Lora's abuela takes her side, even as she makes Lora promise to come home if things get too hard. But how will Lora 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 timeline of Cuban history.

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ISBN : 0763695084
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 208 pages


Lola rated it ★★★☆☆

October 27, 2017

3.5 stars. I found this story to be much more engaging than BRIDGE TO TERABITHIA from the same author, a book that struggled to keep my attention. Whereas MY BRIGADISTA YEAR had me at chapter one. It reads like a memoir. For me, this is a positive aspect, because I normally have an easy connection...

Ms. rated it ★★★☆☆

October 18, 2017

E ARC from Netgalley Lora's family is poor, but has a decent life in Havana in the late 1950s. Lora wants desperately to go to a better school, but her parents don't have money to send her. Her abuela, who is very forward thinking, offers Lora jewelry that she was saving for her and says she may s...

Brenda rated it ★★★★☆

September 15, 2017

Originally posted at Log Cabin Library My Brigadista Year, tells the story of 13-year old Lora who volunteers to join a governmental army of literacy teachers tasked with teaching its citizens to read and write in Havana Cuba during the 1960's. Before Lora could enlist, she had to get her parent...

JumbleofJargon rated it ★★★☆☆

January 02, 2018

My Brigadista Year is set in 1961 Cuba when Fidel Castro inspired volunteers to bring literacy to the entire country. We experience life in Cuba through the eyes of thirteen year old Lora as she joins volunteers in the campaign for nationwide literacy despite a volatile political environment. Spo...

Sherry rated it ★★★★★

October 02, 2017

Fascinating story about an event I had no knowledge about whatsoever: Cuba’s year of defeating illiteracy in 1961.

Jennifer rated it ★★★★☆

November 28, 2017

I really enjoyed this. This is nicely paced historical fiction about the literacy campaign in Cuba in the 1960's. It's told from the perspective of a 14 year old girl who volunteers as a teacher for the campaign. Parents and teachers will love the historical notes at the end of the book as well a...

Christine rated it ★★★★☆

January 05, 2018

Things I did not know about Cuba before reading this book. #1- Cuba has one of the highest literacy rates in the world, 99.75%. The USA is 86%. #2- In 1961 Fidel Castro’s idea of turning his beloved country around was literacy, so he campaigned for well read students as young as 12 to go out and...

LauraW rated it ★★★★☆

December 04, 2017

Excellent read and good view of history. I grew up during the Cuban missile crisis and it is interesting to me to see the other side of the story. This story does not focus on that, but there is a good timeline at the end of the book that goes into a bit more detail about the actual historical ev...

Sue rated it ★★★★☆

November 30, 2017

How does Katherine Paterson do this at 85??...continue to write fascinating stories... and I have to give it four stars as the main character becomes a brigadista for literacy!! some political Cuban history along with a good plot..

Linda rated it ★★★★★

July 02, 2017

Thank you Net Galley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review. When Castro came into power he created a program to bring literacy to the entire country. With the help of volunteers he accomplishes this goal. The amazing part is that the volunteers were children, mostly ages thirteen to college...

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