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Libertad Paperback – Jun 10 2008

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Astonishing, Moving book Nov. 20 2009
By Sonia Levitin - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This book made me aware of a situation in our own hemisphere, of street children whose only desire is to live in freedom. It is a moving account, told in sparse prose poetry, with plenty of action and twists of plot. It draws you immediately into a most disturbing situation, but somehow family love and the will to action overcomes tragedy. I recommend this book to adults and teens as a fast, exciting read and a book to stimulate both thought and action.
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Enchanting Review: Libertad Oct. 23 2008
By Enchanting Reviews - Published on
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Rating: 4 Enchantments

Libertad and his brother Julio live near the Guatemala City Dump. After the death of their mother, the brothers decide to go to America to search for their father. They have to survive on their own on the long and dangerous journey to the states not knowing if they will find their father but longing for libertad--freedom from the garbage.

This story gives readers a glimpse of the lives of two children who live across the border and what they have to do in order to find their long lost father.

As a former bilingual teacher, I often heard similar tales from my student's families of the struggles and hardships of trying to cross the border. My own family was migrants from the interior of Mexico. I heard many stories too while growing up.

Fullerton paints an accurate portrayal of the harsh lives of those who struggle to come to American. The rhythm of this story pulls the reader along as Libertad and his brother encounter others who either try to take advantage of them or show acts of kindness. We see the street children of Mexico City, the allure of sniffing glue to forget, and the fear of la migra--immigration police.

Fullerton states in the back of her book that over 80,000 unaccompanied migrant children attempt to enter the United States. This is a fact. I saw this as a bilingual teacher in an L.A. county school. This book is a must read. If anything to get a taste of what others go through in their search for libertad.

Alma Fullerton was born in Ottawa and grew up in a large military family. She's lived all over Canada and in Europe and now resides in Ontario with her husband and two daughters. Check out more at [...]

October 2008
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A winner Sept. 16 2008
By A. M. Pace - Published on
Format: Paperback
LIBERTAD is a beautiful and haunting book with a strong streak of hope. I loved it.