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My Brigadista Year: 08/09/20
My Brigadista Year by Katherine Paterson is a middle grade novel set in 1961 during Fidel Castro's national literacy campaign. Thirteen year old Lora is recruited from her school to go out into rural Cuba to teach farmers how to read.
Through Lora's few months on the brigade, middle grade readers will learn about the early years of communism in Cuba and how children ages 10 to 19 were recruited for this project.
There's not a strong sense of Lora as a three dimensional teenager living and working in rural Cuba. There also isn't much in the way of exploration of communism in Cuba. It's really more just a dot-to-dot history lesson with a fictional narrator.