Now available in Spanish, the book "Horn Book" called a realistic and compelling account of a girl growing up too quickly while coming to terms with the cost of freedom.
"I wonder what it would be like to be free? Not to need wings because you don t have to fly away from your country?
From award-winning author Julia Alvarez comes the story of Anita de la Torre, a 12-year-old girl living in the Dominican Republic in 1960. Most of her relatives have immigrated to the United States, her Tio Toni has disappeared, Papi has been getting mysterious phone calls about butterflies and someone named Mr. Smith, and the secret police have started terrorizing her family for their suspected opposition to the country's dictator. While Anita deals with a frightening series of events, she also struggles with her adolescence and her own personal flight to be free.
About the Author
Julia Alvarez left the Dominican Republic for the United States in 1960 at the age of ten. She is the author of six novels, two books of nonfiction, three collections of poetry, and eight books for children and young adults. Her work has garnered wide recognition, including a Latina Leader Award in Literature in 2007 from the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, the 2002 Hispanic Heritage Award in Literature, the
2000 Woman of the Year by "Latina" magazine, and inclusion in the New York Public Library's 1996 program "The Hand of the Poet: Original Manuscripts by 100 Masters, from John Donne to Julia Alvarez." A writer-in-residence at Middlebury College, Alvarez and her husband, Bill Eichner, established Alta Gracia, an organic coffee farm-literacy arts center, in her homeland, the Dominican Republic.
Born and raised in Mexico City, Liliana Valenzuela is an adopted Chicana. She's received awards for her poetry from the University of California, Irvine, and from the Austin Poetry Society. Valenzuela is the author of CODEX OF JOURNEYS: BENDITO CAMINO (Mouthfeel Press, 2013), and the acclaimed translator of works by Sandra Cisneros, Julia Alvarez, Denise Chavez, Alex Espinoza and many others.
“Alvarez proves as gifted at writing for adolescents as she is for adults. A stirring work of art.”—Publishers Weekly, Starred