Before We Were Free by Julia Alvarez

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When Before We Were Free opens, eleven-year-old Anita and her family live in the Dominican Republic, where she attends an American school. She’s excited about her next birthday and growing up but doesn’t realize that her life is about to change forever.

One day, her cousin is told that she and her family are moving to New York that night. Anita and her family remain in the Dominican Republic, but they believe that their house is bugged by the secret police. The secret police also restrict what activities the children can do.

Meanwhile, Americans move in to the area where Anita and her family live, and they hold a huge party for their daughter’s fifteenth birthday. El Jefe, the leader of the cruel Trujillo dictatorship, attends the party and shows interest in Anita’s sister, so her parents send her to America to keep her safe.

One day, Anita comes home to find men planning an assassination on El Jefe. Their attack is successful, but the public is never made aware, so El Jefe’s son...

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