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...
  • Kathy
    Wow! What a powerful book. I don't know much about Cuba's history, but the author's note and timeline at the end of this book helped fill me in on the basics. I couldn't put this down, historical fiction lovers will enjoy this book. I would recommend this to fifth-eighth graders....
  • Amber Webb
    My Brigadista Year by Paterson was an exceptional middle grade novel about the Cuban literacy crisis and a young girl's involvement in the solution. Children should read this novel to learn about and understand that challenges Cuba faced during this time and what children were asked to do for their ...
  • Linda V
    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 ag...
  • Jen Petro-Roy
    3.5 stars. I knew nothing about this period--so fascinating....
  • 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...
  • Sherry
    Fascinating story about an event I had no knowledge about whatsoever: Cuba’s year of defeating illiteracy in 1961....
  • 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...

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