Publisher description for Before we were free / Julia Alvarez.

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Counter Anita de la Torre never questioned her freedom living in the Dominican Republic. But by her 12th birthday in 1960, most of her relatives have emigrated to the United States, her Tío Toni has disappeared without a trace, and the government’s secret police terrorize her remaining family because of their suspected opposition of el Trujillo’s dictatorship.

Using the strength and courage of her family, Anita must overcome her fears and fly to freedom, leaving all that she once knew behind.

From renowned author Julia Alvarez comes an unforgettable story about adolescence, perseverance, and one girl’s struggle to be free.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Dominican Republic History 1930-1961 Juvenile fiction, Dominican Republic History 1930-1961 Fiction, Family life Dominican Republic Fiction, Revolutions Fiction, Trujillo Molina, Rafael Le‚onidas, 1891-1961 Fiction