Before We Were Free

Year this Award was Won: 
2 004
Award Win Active Date: 
Wednesday, October 21, 2009 - 19:00
Defunct Winner UID: 
2 110
Winner Rank: 
Sort field for winners: 
Before We Were Free
Winner Description: 
Written by Julia Alvarez. (Alfred A. Knopf, 2002).
Winner Blurb: 

Before We Were Free is an engrossing account of 12-year-old Anita's life amidst the fear that consumes her family.  "This powerfully written story reflects the uncertainty and danger that pervaded the air during this time in the Dominican Republic's troubling history," said Award Committee Chair Rose Treviño.

Exquisitely written testimonial, sometimes in diary form, immerses readers in the details of life under dictator General Trujillo in the Dominican Republic during the political upheavals of the early 1960s.  It is an engaging story of one girl's coming of age set against a backdrop of fear and secrets.  Powerful and at times intense, this book will take readers on a frightening journey of fear and anguish that will cause them to pray for the rescue of Anita and her family.

Winner Image: 
Title of a book, article or other published item (this will display to the public): 
Before We Were Free
What type of media is this winner?: 
Winner Detail Create Date: 
Thursday, October 22, 2009 - 09:08
Winner Detail Change Date: 
Thursday, February 24, 2011 - 10:24
Winner Detail Change ID: 
Winner Type: 
Award Winner Category (start typing):