Thorndike Press

My Brigadista Year

  • Katherine Paterson
  • Offered By: Thorndike Striving Reader
  • ISBN-10: 1432849301
  • ISBN-13: 9781432849306
  • DDC: Fic
  • Shipping Weight: 1.05 lbs ( .48 kgs)
  • 324 Pages | Hardcover
  • Published/Released February 2018



A Newbery Medal Award–winning Author
A National Book Award–winning Author

This engrossing historical novel from the author of Bridge to Terabithia follows a teenage Cuban volunteer for Fidel Castro’s national literacy campaign. Traveling into the impoverished countryside to teach others how to read, she helps with the daily work and shares the dangers posed by counterrevolutionaries hiding nearby.


Customer Reviews

“. . . the issues and themes explored will raise questions, hopefully spark further research into Cuban history, and fuel discussion. Paterson offers a moving look at an episode in Cuban history.”

— School Library Journal

“Readers will find that the strength of the book lies not in Lora's adventures but in the critical question she asks: Which country is truly perfect? A fascinating . . . portrayal of a turbulent time in history.”

— Booklist

“Paterson offers a glimpse of the daily life of a brigadista, redressing the cursory associations many have about Castro's Cuba. Hers is a positive study of an amazing moment in history that nonetheless acknowledges the darker political machinations at play . . . the themes of literacy, freedom, and community stay strong. Educational and inspiring.”

— Kirkus Reviews