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Twelve-year-old Anita de la Torre is too involved with her own life to be more than dimly aware of the growing menace all around her, until her last cousins and uncles and aunts have fled to America and a fleet of black Volkswagens comes up the drive, bringing the secret police to the family compound to search their houses. Gradually, through overheard conversations and the explanations of her older sister, Lucinda, she comes to understand that her father and uncles are involved in a plot to kill El Jefe, the dictator, and that they are all in deadly peril. Anita's story is universal in its implications--she even keeps an Anne Frank-like diary when she and her mother must hide in a friend's house--and a tribute to those brave souls who feel, like Anita's father, that "life without freedom is no life at all." (Ages 10 to 14) --Patty Campbell
In Julia Alvarez's first young adult novel, Before we were Free, we meet 12-year-old Anita de la Torre. Like many young children, she is curious and talkative. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Vamos a Leer
I though this book we relatively well written. I read in en route to and from work and it managed to keep me captivated and not bored. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Damali
This story is so sad. The way the children, adults, and the whole country had to live in fear, because of the mentally evil government is mentally disturbing.Published 5 months ago by Carmen Warnstrom
I loved the beautiful themes motifs the people and everything this is an amazing book which I say is a must read (WARNING TEARS WILL BE SHED)Published 6 months ago by RY Toledo, OH