The Color of My Words

Twelve year old Ana Rosa lives with her family in a poor seaside village of the Dominican Republic during the late 1900's. Ana Rosa is a blossoming young writer who is encouraged by her family to write in spite of the fact that the only books in the public library are written by President Balaguer. Her Mama encourages her. "Ana Rosa, there has to be a first person to do something." The community is threatened when they receive word that the government believes they own the land and they intend to sell it to foreign investors. At the threat of losing their homes and entire village, the community decides they will not sell. Ana Rosa and her beloved older brother take on roles as advocates for the community in both triumph and tragedy. Honor Book for Older Children, 2001.


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