Antes de ser libres (Before We Were Free)
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Antes de ser libres (Before We Were Free)

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by Julia Alvarez
     
 

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Now available in Spanish, the book Horn Book called “a realistic and compelling account of a girl growing up too quickly while coming to terms with the cost of freedom.”

I wonder what it would be like to be free? Not to need wings because you don’t have to fly away from your country?

From award-winning author Julia Alvarez

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Now available in Spanish, the book Horn Book called “a realistic and compelling account of a girl growing up too quickly while coming to terms with the cost of freedom.”

I wonder what it would be like to be free? Not to need wings because you don’t have to fly away from your country?

From award-winning author Julia Alvarez comes the story of Anita de la Torre, a 12-year-old girl living in the Dominican Republic in 1960. Most of her relatives have immigrated to the United States, her Tío Toni has disappeared, Papi has been getting mysterious phone calls about butterflies and someone named Mr. Smith, and the secret police have started terrorizing her family for their suspected opposition to the country’s dictator. While Anita deals with a frightening series of events, she also struggles with her adolescence and her own personal flight to be free.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“Alvarez proves as gifted at writing for adolescents as she is for adults. A stirring work of art.”—Publishers Weekly, Starred
Children's Literature
Part The Diary of Anne Frank and part first-person novel, this book tells the story of Anita's life in the Dominican Republic during the Trujillo dictatorship. The 12-year old writes not only of mysterious phone calls, secret police stakeouts, and the sudden evacuation of her cousins, but also of boys, growing up, and the desire to be normal and well liked. The compelling story takes Anita and her mother from their family compound into hiding in a closet, and finally to New York. Throughout these moves, we listen to Anita lose her voice as she learns the importance of staying quiet to survive. She wilts under the terror of Trujillo's dictatorship and only finds herself in documenting the events of her life in hiding. In this book, we witness the power of storytelling to sustain the will, as well as the ghastly realities of an oppressed country. Alvarez develops the complex changes in Anita's identity as a girl, Dominican, and writer effortlessly through Anita's candid voice. Valenzuela deserves congratulations for her preservation of Anita's accessible language in her translation; the story loses none of its momentum and intimacy. This 2002 Pura Belpré winner is an excellent novel for teaching the horror of dictatorship as well as the importance of freedom of speech. 2004 (orig. 2002), Dell Laurel-Leaf, Ages 10 to 15.
—Veronica E. Betancourt

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375815454
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
04/20/2004
Edition description:
Spanish-language Edition
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
192,742
Product dimensions:
4.79(w) x 6.91(h) x 0.56(d)
Age Range:
12 - 15 Years

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Antes de ser libres (Before We Were Free) 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing book. Very interesting and misterious. I can't wait till I finish! I bet its even better in english!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Esta libro es tan bueno
Alley Baksh More than 1 year ago
Ee es un libro mas mas bueno
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Es un libro maravilloso
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We have just begun reading this book in the advanced Spanish course I am in, and it is a lyrical feast of descriptive words and idiomatic phrases. I have read En el Tiempo de Las Mariposas by Julia Alvarez in Spanish too, and nothing compares to reading the book in the native language in which it was created. Antes de Ser Libres is a nonfiction story that relates the ordeal of an influential family in the Dominican Republic during the final years of Trujillo's dictatorship. It is a great read for anyone who wants to learn more about that turbulent time. It provides historical reference to how the societal power structure and differences that remain prevalent in that country today were shaped."
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Being Free. How would one describe that feeling? Would it be like flying, or would it be just like all the other feelings. In Antes de ser Libres, Julia Alvarez does a great job at describing it. She does a great job at telling the story of a young Dominican girl who is struggling to be free. I strongly recommend this book. I think it is great for all ages.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Too oversemintal (oh i didnt get to dance with sammy im so sad. thats great, but dont go on for 5 pages about it)Lacks action, though it must be hard to write a book about something based on memory. that's why its getting above a 1.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Este libro como tantos otros que describen la era de el tirano Rafael Leonidas Trujillo en Santo Domingo, Republica Dominicana es una historia muy conmovedor. Es una parte de nuestra historia pero atravez de los ojos de una adolescente. Es definitivamente una buena pieza , cuya traduccion es simple y la cual puede ser leida y comprendida facilmente por un adolescente. Es un buen libro para educar a nuestros hijos acerca de esa terrible parte de nuestra historia. Lo recomiendo.