Before We Were Free

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Anita de la Torre never questioned her freedom living in the Dominican Republic. But by her twelfth birthday in 1960, most of her relatives have immigrated to the United States, her Tío Toni has disappeared without a trace, and the government’s secret police terrorize her remaining family because of their suspected opposition to Trujillo’s iron-fisted rule.

Using the strength and courage of her family, Anita must overcome her fears and fly to freedom, leaving all that she once knew behind.

From renowned author Julia Alvarez comes an unforgettable story about adolescence, perseverance, and one girl’s struggle to be free.---from the publisher

208 pages                                  978-0399555497                              Ages 12-15

Keywords:  Latina, Latino, Latinx, Dominican Republic, Latina Author, diversity, diverse books, courage, fears, freedom, government, danger, politics, police, perseverance, 12 year old, 13 year old, 14 year old, 15 year old, Winner of the Pura Belpré Award

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A new paperback edition of Julia Alvarez’s beloved Pura Belpré winner about life in Trujillo’s Dominican Republic. “Diary entries written by a child while in hiding will remind readers of Anne Frank’s story.” —SLJ

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