Libertad

by Alma Fullerton

Fitzhenry & Whiteside | June 10, 2008 | Trade Paperback

Libertad is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 5.
OLA's Silver Birch Fiction nominee 2010

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.

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Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 224 pages, 7.63 × 5 × 1 in

Published: June 10, 2008

Publisher: Fitzhenry & Whiteside

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1554551064

ISBN - 13: 9781554551064

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really really good! I read this book for my school's silver birch awards and it was terrific! The two brothers go though an amazing jouney to find there father. It is a sad and happy book. You will cry and cheer and won't regret reading it.
Date published: 2010-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from the best book eye have red in a looooooong time this book i had to read every body said you will love it so i read it was a good choice because it rocked if i ever read a book better than that... well lets just say that is not very likely the story is moving the people are moving and the feeling you get when you read it is touching some points i almost broke out into tears it makes you grateful for what you have witch is alot compared to these people no mom no dad read it... just give it a chance i got into it and i do not like to read.................................................................................................... not in till now!!
Date published: 2010-02-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A story of Courage, Hope,and sadness This was a nice book that I could read over and over again.There is a lot of Hope and Courage.When brothers Julio and Libertad lose there mother in the garbage dump they set out to America to find there father. On their journey they come across a lot of different people some that help them others that don't.But no matter the obsticale the always find away around it using there hope and Courage.This is a book that uses poetry but still tells a heart melting story.It left me in tears.I would recommenced it to ages 10 to 15.But still anyone else could still read it.Please Do!
Date published: 2009-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A story of Courage, Hope,and sadness This was a nice book that I could read over and over again.There is a lot of Hope and Courage.When brothers Julio and Libertad lose there mother in the garbage dump they set out to America to find there father. On their journey they come across a lot of different people some that help them others that don't.But no matter the obsticale the always find away around it using there hope and Courage.This is a book that uses poetry but still tells a heart melting story.It left me in tears.I would recommenced it to ages 10 to 15.But still anyone else could still read it.Please Do!
Date published: 2009-12-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Compassionate Story about the Power of Hope In the tradition of Deborah Ellis, from the garbage dumps of Guatemala and the tragic death of their mother, with no money and only an address on a tattered piece of paper to guide them, two brothers, Libertad and Julio, start the treacherous journey to find their father in America. Alma Fullerton’s multi-award-winning book is worthy of all of its accolades. Written in simple verse, her style is easy to get lost in as is the voice of her main character Libertad. Fullerton’s prose and short sections will attract reluctant readers and the story will appeal to kids who like to learn about world issues. I look forward to seeing more from this promising Canadian author.
Date published: 2009-06-12

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Libertad

Libertad

by Alma Fullerton

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 224 pages, 7.63 × 5 × 1 in

Published: June 10, 2008

Publisher: Fitzhenry & Whiteside

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1554551064

ISBN - 13: 9781554551064

About the Book

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.

From the Publisher

OLA's Silver Birch Fiction nominee 2010

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.

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About the Author

Alma Fullerton was born in Ottawa, Ontario. She is the author of In the Garage and Walking on Glass. She resides in Midland, Ontario, with her husband and two daughters, juggling real life with her passion for literature for youth.

Alma Fullerton was born in Ottawa, Ontario. She is the author of In the Garage and Walking on Glass. She resides in Midland, Ontario, with her husband and two daughters, juggling real life with her passion for literature for youth.

Editorial Reviews

"Young people of all ages will be intrigued and affected emotionally by this exceptional story."
-- "Winnipeg Free Press"

"Fullerton weaves strands of beauty. . . It doesn't take long to read, but it packs an emotional punch.
Highly Recommended."
-- "CM Magazine"

"Alma Fullerton creates two characters who wend their way into the reader's heart with a story that will have even the most reluctant reader forging forward with them to a better future."
-- "The Brandon Sun"

"The suspense is real and though readers may question some of the choices Libertad makes along the way, they will celebrate his perseverance and ultimate success. With realistic detail and well-paced suspense, this survival story is a good choice for reluctant readers."
-- "The School Library Journal"

"The spare free verse is uneven but still packed with heartrending images of desperation and squalid poverty that will be eye-opening to young readers. Libertad's fierce love for his brother is deeply moving and based on the story of a real boy's journey combined with other children's actual experiences. Although there are some contrivances and loose ends, this short yet evocative tale will attract readers."
-- "Booklist"

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17