Libertad

By Alma Fullerton
(Fitzhenry & Whiteside, Paperback, 9781554551064, 215pp.)

Publication Date: June 2008

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"Governor General's Literary Award nominee 2008
- Children's Literature, Text category

Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Award Winner, 2009

Golden Oak Award winner, 2009

Canadian Children's Book Centre Awards 2009 finalist

On Resource Link's "Best of 2008" List

CLA Children's Book of the Year Award Honour Book, 2009

Manitoba Young Readers' Choice Awards shortlist, 2010

Canadian Children's Book Centre Our Choice, 2009AStarred Choice"

With their father gone to America to make money for his family, Libertad, his little brother Julio and their mother scrape a living out of a dump in Guatemala City. Although it is too late for him, Libertad is determined that his little brother should go to school. Taught to play the marimba by his father, Libertad uses his talent as a street musician to raise enough money for his brother's school supplies. But his dreams for their future are destroyed when their mother is killed in a freak accident. Libertad must face the inevitable truth; they cannot survive on the streets of Guatemala City alone. There is only one thing to do. They must set out on the long and lonely journey to the Rio Grande River, where they plan to cross the water and enter the United States to find their father.

A moving story about determination and hope, "Libertad" is a stunning free verse novel by the author of "In the Garage" and "Walking on Glass."




About the Author
Alma Fullerton's free-verse novels have earned her many nominations and awards, including the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award and the CLA Book of the Year Honour. Her first picture book, A Good Trade, has been a White Ravens Choice, a Bank Street Best Book, and a nominee for the OLA Forest of Reading Blue Spruce Award and the Kentucky Bluegrass Awards. In 2013 Alma wrote and illustrated Community Soup, which was a CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens starred selection. Alma lives in Midland, Ontario.
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