Twelve-year-old Ana Rosa is a blossoming writer growing up in the Dominican Republic, a country where words are feared under the harsh dictatorship of Rafael Trujillo. Yet there is so much inspiration all around her — watching her brother search for a future, learning to dance and to love, and finding out what it means to be part of a community — that Ana Rosa must write it all down. But the only support her mother feels safe offering is, "there always has to be a first person to do something."
As she struggles to find her own voice and a way to make it heard, her village faces government-ordered destruction — and her family is right in the middle of the backlash. As the government cracks down, Ana Rosa realizes the power of her words to transform the world around her — and to transcend the most unthinkable of tragedies. This powerful story about oppression, creativity, and the drive to seek justice will get kids thinking about the freedoms they take for granted.
"What 12-year-old Ana Rosa Hèrnandez wants more than anything is a notepad of her very own. Writing is her passion, and words flow out of her pencil onto the paper bags that Papi brings his rum home in, onto napkins, onto gray shop paper. In the Republica Dominicana, however, only the President can write books. But as Mami sighs and says, 'Ana Rosa, there always has to be a first person to do something'.... Lynn Joseph paints a vibrant, colorful landscape of this Caribbean island where love, warmth of community, and abundant natural beauty soften the kind of poverty that makes paper — and sometimes doing what you think is right — a luxury." — Karin Snelson, Amazon.com Reviews
|Recommended Age||9 - 12|
|Publication Date||Dec 24, 2001|