""Governor General's Literary Award nominee 2008
- Children's Literature, Text categoryRuth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Award Winner, 2009Golden Oak Award winner, 2009Canadian Children's Book Centre Awards 2009 finalistOn Resource Link's ""Best of 2008"" ListCLA Children's Book of the Year Award Honour Book, 2009Manitoba Young Readers' Choice Awards shortlist, 2010Canadian Children's Book Centre Our Choice, 2009AStarred Choice""With their father gone to America to make money for his family, Libertad, his little brother Julio and their mother scrape a living out of a dump in Guatemala City. Although it is too late for him, Libertad is determined that his little brother should go to school. Taught to play the marimba by his father, Libertad uses his talent as a street musician to raise enough money for his brother's school supplies. But his dreams for their future are destroyed when their mother is killed in a freak accident. Libertad must face the inevitable truth; they cannot survive on the streets of Guatemala City alone. There is only one thing to do. They must set out on the long and lonely journey to the Rio Grande River, where they plan to cross the water and enter the United States to find their father.
A moving story about determination and hope, ""Libertad"" is a stunning free verse novel by the author of ""In the Garage"" and ""Walking on Glass.""
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Used availability for Alma Fullerton's Libertad
April 2009 : USA Library Binding
June 2008 : Canada Paperback