Discovery Museum – 2019 Bid for Kids Online Auction
Auction Ends: May 15, 2019 10:00 PM EDT

Books

Book: My Brigadista Year

Item Number
259
Estimated Value
$16 USD
Sold
$6 USD to cdbe3bcbe
Number of Bids
1  -  Bid History

Item Description

When thirteen-year-old Lora tells her parents that she wants to join Premier Castro’s army of young literacy teachers, her mother screeches to high heaven, and her father roars like a lion. Lora has barely been outside of Havana — why would she throw away her life in a remote shack with no electricity, sleeping on a hammock in somebody’s kitchen? But Lora is stubborn: didn’t her parents teach her to share what she has with someone in need? Surprisingly, Lora’s abuela takes her side, even as she makes Lora promise to come home if things get too hard. But how will Lora know for sure when that time has come? Shining light on a little-known moment in history, Katherine Paterson traces a young teen’s coming-of-age journey from a sheltered life to a singular mission: teaching fellow Cubans of all ages to read and write, while helping with the work of their daily lives and sharing the dangers posed by counterrevolutionaries hiding in the hills nearby. Inspired by true accounts, the novel includes an author’s note and a timeline of Cuban history.

In an engrossing historical novel, the Newbery Medal-winning author of Bridge to Terabithia 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.

Written by Katherine Paterson

Hardcover: 208 pages

Age range: 10-14 yrs, grade 5-9

Special Instructions

The winning bidder will be responsible for shipping and handling costs, in addition to the purchase price. Alternatively, the winner may arrange in advance to pick up the item at the Discovery Museum’s administrative offices at 183 Main Street, Acton, MA 01720 (Monday – Friday, between 8:30 and 4:30).

Donated By:

Candlewick Press