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...
  • Sherry
    Fascinating story about an event I had no knowledge about whatsoever: Cuba’s year of defeating illiteracy in 1961....
  • Lola
    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...
  • 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...
  • April
    I thought this book was excellent. Absolutely fascinating bit of history to learn about, and it was done so well. I will look forward to recommending this for middle grade and high school readers, not to mention adults as well....
  • Figgy
    RTCThis covers an interesting historical time of revolution in a package suitable for young/middle grade readers.There is a certain lack of emotion throughout, and a shying away from the more serious elements of the Brigadista experience, but again, maybe this lends itself well to younger readers, a...
  • Mary
    Paterson beautifully captures teenage idealism in a moment of radical social change. But me being me, I have to say this: Cuba is to be commended for this movement, which brought literacy rates to nearly 100%. I have two colleagues who are Cuban exiles, and they say the same thing. However, I couldn...

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