Gringolandia

Kid Lit About Politics

GringolandiaGringolandia by Lyn Miller-Lachmann. Curbstone Books (now Northwestern University Press), 2009. 288 pages. Recommended for ages 14 and older. ISBN: 9781931896498.

In 1973, with the help of the CIA, a democratically elected president of Chile, Salvador Allende, was overthrown and a military junta led by Augusto Pinochet took his place. The junta was responsible for violent repression of dissent. Many people were tortured. Many people were killed. Many people simply disappeared.

In the book, Daniel’s father, Marcelo, was an active dissenter. The book starts in 1980 when the military comes to Daniel’s house in the middle of the night, brutally beats and then arrests his father.

Daniel’s mother and his younger sister leave Chile to live in Wisconsin. In 1986, after six years of torture, Marcelo is released from prison and ordered to leave Chile and never return. Daniel and his mother pick Marcelo up from the airport in Chicago…

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About Liz Parrott

I love the Kid Lit community: the authors, the illustrators, the editors, the teachers, the librarians. I love the blogs, the listservs, the twitter feeds and the pinterest boards. I'm in the process of creating the Kid Lit Navigator. I'm hoping this website will be a reference tool for navigating the Kid Lit world. I have a second project, Kid Lit About Politics, which isn't getting the attention it deserves these days. All my time is going into Kid Lit Navigator. Kid Lit About Politics combines my love children's and YA literature and my love politics. It's a blog in which I review children's and YA lit about politics. I have a BA in English from Oberlin College and an MLIS from UC Berkeley. I worked for a time as a school librarian in a Montessori school.

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