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Thirteen-year-old Bella wants to be a lector just like her grandfather, who sits on a special platform in the cigar factory, reading great novels, the newspaper, and union news to workers as they roll the cigars. Being a lector is an important role in their immigrant community. But the hard times of the Depression mean that Bella must go to work in the factory; her hope of getting the education a lector needs seems impossible. Meanwhile, the factory workers and owners clash. People lose jobs, innocent workers are arrested, and the Ku Klux Klan prowls the area. And then there are those amazing new radios showing up all over town. Could the radio take the place of the lector? Bella must decide her own future and help her people preserve their history. Bella's lively, warmhearted story captures the color and flavor of Ybor City as it explores an intriguing part of our American history.

    

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Hardback Editions

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Title: El Lector (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)
Author(s): William Durbin
ISBN: 1-4177-9249-3 / 978-1-4177-9249-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Turtleback Books
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February 2006 : USA Hardback
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Title: El Lector
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ISBN: 0-385-74651-2 / 978-0-385-74651-9 (USA edition)
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February 2006 : USA Library Binding
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Title: El Lector
Author(s): William Durbin
ISBN: 0-385-90888-1 / 978-0-385-90888-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Wendy Lamb Books
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Paperback Editions

January 2014 : USA Paperback
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Title: El Lector
Author(s): William Durbin
ISBN: 1-56164-678-4 / 978-1-56164-678-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Pineapple Press
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July 2007 : USA Paperback
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Title: El Lector
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ISBN: 0-553-48786-8 / 978-0-553-48786-2 (USA edition)
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Kindle Editions

January 2014 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: El Lector
Author(s): William Durbin
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