Before We Were Free

Before We Were Free

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In the early 1960s in the Dominican Republic, twelve-year-old Anita learns that her family is involved in the underground movement to end the bloody rule of the dictator, General Trujillo.
Publisher: New York : A. Knopf, ©2002
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780375815447
0375815449
9780375915444
0375915443
9780399555497
0399555498
9780440237846
044023784X
Branch Call Number: Fiction Alvarez TEEN
Characteristics: 167 pages : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm

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brangwinn
Dec 29, 2019

The more I travel the more I appreciate young adult fiction to help me understand historical backgrounds of countries. I am the same age as Anita de la Torre, but her perspective is so different than mine. Growing up in the Dominican Republic, having both her father and her uncle murdered by the Trujillo regime and escaping to America was fascinating reading. I realize that this was fiction, but Julia Alvarez’s afterword about how lucky she was to have escaped the dictatorship shows the connection to the reality of a fictional account.

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Jcameron_0
Jul 18, 2016

This book was very sad!

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Lussanda
Jun 13, 2016

This book rocked! Loved it!

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violet_cat_3927
Jun 24, 2015

I hated the ending because I thought the men deserved to live.

ChristchurchLib Nov 05, 2013

"In the Dominican Republic of 1960, Anita de la Torre is baffled when her "best-friend cousins" suddenly leave the country for the U.S. and the secret police show up at her extended family's compound. When her uncle disappears and her parents seem increasingly nervous and secretive, Anita begins keeping a diary to sort things out. This novel describes - from a young girl's perspective - the bloody rule of the dictator General Trujillo and the attempts to overthrow his regime." Teen Scene November 2013 newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=695748

ARIEL D SMITH Sep 18, 2012

perefect!!!!!!!!!

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