La hija del sastre, by Carrie Toth for Wayside/Fluency Matters
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Growing up in a Republican family during Franco’s fascist rule of Spain, Emilia Matamoros discovers just how important keeping a secret can be! After her father, a former captain in the Republican army, goes into hiding, Emilia not only must work as a seamstress to support her family, she must work to guard a secret that will protect her father and save her family from certain death. Will her innocence be lost and will she succumb to the deceptive and violent tactics of Franco’s fascist regime? LEVEL 4+
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You have probably heard of this one and wondered if it lives up to all the hype. The answer is a resounding YES! Your students don't have to know anything about Franco and Spanish politics, but this would be such a powerful complement to such a unit of study. The story is so compelling and had me on the edge of my seat. It was hard to read it alone because I wanted someone else to freak out with me and share the excitement! Who can you trust? Are you a good judge of character? Or can people change? Will this story have a happy ending? You MUST find out!