Before We Were Free

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Random House Children's Books, Dec 18, 2007 - Young Adult Fiction - 192 pages
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Anita de la Torre never questioned her freedom living in the Dominican Republic. But by her 12th birthday in 1960, most of her relatives have emigrated 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 of el Trujillo’s dictatorship.

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.

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User Review  - mcorbink - LibraryThing

Excellent book on the DR dictatorship in the 60's seen from an "almost" 13 year old's eyes. Coming of age, living in fear of the local police, friends that are boys, boyfriends, and family relocating in the USA, are all part of this enticing read. Read full review

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User Review  - BookConcierge - LibraryThing

This little volume explores how Anita (12 going on womanhood) feels as her family struggles to survive the revolution to overthrow the Trujillo regime in the Dominican Republic. Her view is simplistic ... Read full review

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The Eraser in the Shape of the Dominican
Secret Santas
Operation Maid
Lying Policemen
Almost Free
Night Flight

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About the author (2007)

Julia Alvarez grew up in the Dominican Republic before emigrating to the United States at the age of 10. She now lives in Vermont, where she is a writer-in-residence at Middlebury College.

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