Flight to Freedom: First Person Fiction
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Flight to Freedom: First Person Fiction

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First Person Fiction is dedicated to the immigrant experience in modern America. "Flight to Freedom" is closely based on Suarez's own story of leaving Cuba during the Freedom Flights of the 1960s.

Yara Garcia and her family live a middle-class life in Havana, Cuba. But in 1967, as Communist ruler Fidel Castro tightens his hold on Cuba, the Garcias, who do not share the poli
Paperback, 215 pages
Published February 1st 2004 by Scholastic Paperbacks (first published January 1st 2002)
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Jacqueline Bahena CNCA
Oct 24, 2008 Jacqueline Bahena CNCA rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Jacqueline Bahena CNCA by: Nobody recommended it to me, but i read the short summary on the
Flight to Freedom is about a girl named Yara and her older sister, younger sister, mother and father come to join grandparents and other family in Miami, leaving behind her brother who is in the Cuban army and many other relatives. Yara's father believes the family will return to Cuba soon. The mother and older sister think that living in America is what is best for them. The mother gets a job and learns to drive a car and Yara's older sister starts seeing boys on the sly and lying to her parent...more
At first I was kind of bored by this book, which came off as more of a history lesson about Cuban immigration to Miami than an actual novel. But once I got over my disappointment in the relative stasis of the characters, I enjoyed learning something about this culture which I know almost nothing about. I knew that Miami had lots of Cubans, but I knew very little about their experience leaving Cuba or their experience in the US. The book comes across as very pro-American (there is shockingly litt...more
Anne Osterlund
Yara loves her family.

When her parents apply to leave Cuba, the decision means sacrifice. For everyone.

For Yara, it means 6 weeks at a Cuban government-run agricultural “school” where the girls wake up to ice-cold water and hours in the fields and an occasional training on reading speeches by Fidel Castro. All this to be able to travel to Miami. Where Yara doesn’t speak the language and doesn’t fit in and can’t even outperform her much younger sister in school. Where her older sister is sneaking...more
“Flight to Freedom,” by Ana Veciana-Suarez, is a story about the struggle for Yara Garcia. A young girl fleeing with her family to Miami,Florida in 1967 from communist leader Fidel Castro. Yara moves to the states and struggles with not speaking the language. Standing out from other children because she's not as well off and becaue she's diffrent. Most of all she struggles with how her father seems to be getting in trouble with the authorities over a country that has already been lost. In her he...more
Alexandria Cintron
Flight to Freedom tells of coming to America from Cuba in 1967, on the flights from Havana to Miami. Yara Garcia and her older sister, younger sister, mother and father come to join grandparents and other family in Miami, leaving behind her brother who is in the Cuban army and many other relatives. Yara's father believes the family will return to Cuba soon. The mother and older sister are more determined to adjust to new life in America. For instance, the mother gets a job and learns to drive a...more
Not the most amazing writing, but it's not written for readers my age . . . however, it really helped me to see what it must have been like for my family acclimating to the US in the 1960s. I made cafe in my cafetera this morning and I got all emotional thanks to this book.
Mrs W
Yara Garcia lives in Cuba with her family in the late 1960s. The Communist Revolution of Fidel Castro has transformed the beautiful island country into a divided nation. Yara and her family flee Cuba on one of the Freedom Flights, but they are forced to leave anything of value and Yara’s older brother, Pepito, must remain in Cuba with the army. Her family, one member short, struggles to make life as exiles in Miami work while still clinging to the hope that their situation is only temporary.
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Amy Jenni
Aug 05, 2014 Amy Jenni added it
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Despite the fact that I don't have any Cuban students, I feel this book is a must add for my classroom library. The author touches on so many great themes, most especially the ways in which emigration can affect the relationship between parents and children. This is a book that a lot of our ESL students could relate to and would spark some great classroom discussions. The discussion guide at the end of the book, however, left a lot to be desired in my opinion and is not something that I would us...more
Rachel Vote
This book gave a quick glimpse into what life is like for recent immigrants who are middle school/high school age. It was a quick, interesting read.
I really liked this book. The story of Cuban-born Yara, starts out in Havana, 1967, where the regime of Castro is making life miserable for all those who oppose the Communists. Her family has decided to flee Cuba and head to Miami. This is a story based on the author's life, and it reads very true. An interesting glimpse into life during the 1960's, life for a family caught in-between two cultures--told from the heart of an 8th grade girl.
This book reminded me of Lost city because the actor the plays in movie is called Andy Gracia he is a salsa club owner an then Fidel told his people to get the club and turn ti to his way. He starts to get annoyed he tells his family his going to move to Miami for a better life but did have a good life no. It made think wow this reminds me of the lost city of a Cuban family in Castro time period.
This is about the courage of a young girl having to leave her country, her language, her family, and nearly all of her comforts behind. It is about a girl who had the courage to adapt which so many of us couldn't posibly do with the faith that she had.
Feb 08, 2011 Kathryn marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gave-up-on
it takes too long and hurts my brain too much to read in spanish. i was impressed with how much i remembered. frustrated with how it wasn't enough to read at a 10th grade reading level. maybe another time.
Destiny Esper
Loved this book. It's definitely for a younger reader, but it's a good book based on historic facts.
flight to freedom is book about this girl and her mom and dad that lived in cuba they
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
Read this if you wonder why people try to smuggle themselves into the U.S. from Cuba.
Jess trapp
This book is about a girl who moves along with her family to the Us from Cuba
Good book to read when you dont find a way to expres your self.
Im reqading for a project at school its a very good story.
my bro read it and said it was good
Flyp 2011 Tweens
Sunshine State pick. Set in Florida.
Poignant novel.
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Ana Veciana-Suarez is a syndicated columnist for The Miami Herald and author of several books, including the young adult novel, Flight to Freedom. She has also written a collection of essays, Birthday Parties in Heaven: Thoughts on Life, Love, Grief, and Other Matters of the Heart. Her first novel, The Chin Kiss King, was translated into Spanish, Dutch, and German, and nominated for the IMPAC Awar...more
More about Ana Veciana-Suarez...
The Chin Kiss King Birthday Parties in Heaven: Thoughts on Love, Life, Grief, and Other Matters of the Heart Miami: The Magic City Hispanic Media, Usa: A Narrative Guide To The Print And Electronic Hispanic News Media In The United States Hispanic Media: Impact And Influence

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