Author(s): Katherine Paterson
Newbery Medal-winning author of "Bridge to Terebithia" 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. Inspired by true accounts, the novel includes an Author's note and a timeline of Cuban history.
In 1960s Cuba, after the overthrow of the US-backed dictator Batista, the new Cuban government sets an ambitious goal to make its entire population literate within a year. 13-year-old Lora has never left Havana, but despite protests from her family, she is determined to join an army of literary brigadistas.
Risking her life against the dangerous Batista-supporters camped in the wilderness, armed with pencils and notebooks, she joins the rural Santana family, lives alongside them, and teaches them to read.
Lora experiences the full rewards and triumphs of being a teacher to the Santanas and their neighbours, who have been denied education their whole life. But she also becomes their student, taking on the hard work that keeps society running and fills the pantries of people in the city.
My Brigadista Year is a heartwarming coming-of-age story, perfect for a socially conscious reader, aged 8+
From the author of Bridge to Terabithia.