My Brigadista Year by Katherine Paterson

My Brigadista Year

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 teach...

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My Brigadista Year Reviews

  • Kate Olson
    I skimmed this for acquisition purposes pre-release and my impression is that it may make a great read aloud or book club pick for middle school, but will definitely need adult support for the majority of readers. It is very history-heavy and those without background knowledge of Cuba and its histor...
  • Ms. Yingling
    E ARC from NetgalleyLora'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 sell...
  • Brenda
    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 parents t...
  • Lola  Reviewer
    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 wi...
  • Jennifer (JenIsNotaBookSnob)
    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 as t...
  • Sue
    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.....
  • LauraW
    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 event...
  • JumbleofJargon
    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. Spoile...
  • Christine Fitzgerald
    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 an...

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