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El Lector

El Lector

This heart-warming story is about Bella, a 13-year-old girl in Tampa, Florida, in the 1930s. Her grandfather is a lector at a cigar factory, which means he reads fiction, newspapers, and union news to the workers as they roll cigars. Being a lector is an important role in their Cuban American 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.

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William Durbin is an author and teacher who lives at the edge of Minnesota's Boundary Waters Wilderness. The winner of both the Great Lakes Book Award and the Minnesota Book award, Mr. Durbin has published numerous books for young readers. Mr. Durbin has also published poetry and essays, and has supervised writing research projects for the NCTE, Middlebury College, and the Bingham Trust for Charit

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  • Anne McLeod

    I liked El Lector better than the 3 star rating might suggest, mainly because it takes on labor issues and that is apparently a tough topic to write about for children without sounding too strident. O...

  • Salsabrarian

    In 1931 Ybor City, FL, 13-year-old Bella wants to be a respected lector like her grandfather. He is a lector at the cigar factory, reading aloud to the workers from the newspapers, literary classics a...

  • Jean

    The author does an excellent job of leading the reader into a time and place that has not been addressed in children's lit. The cigar factories in southern Florida were an entree into the US for many ...

  • Dolcie

    It was interesting to read about the lectores and what life was like for cigar rollers in Florida back in the day; but the story was boring. I don't know why I torture myself and keep reading a book t...

  • Laura

    El Lector brings to life Ybor City, Florida, 1931. The author's research is evident, as he paints a picture of a family struggling to manage after a number of hardships. Bella, who finishes eighth gra...

  • Krista

    El Lector means the reader in english. Bella and everyone else in Ybor city Florida love to hear her grandfather read books. He stands at a lecturn in a cigar factory to read to the workers. This book...

  • Ken

    Another good book from Will Durbin. Set in Tampa Bay FL in the early 1930s in the cigar rolling factories and the labor movement taking place. A YA novel with a great historical setting. Not sure abou...

  • Terri Pray

    Not something I'd have picked up and read unless it had been 'forced' on me by the library as a challenge book for Hot Reads for Cold Nights. But, well written and it deals with a part of twentieth ce...

  • Cathie

    middle gradesthird person POVAR testSet in Ybor City (outside Tampa) in 1931, tells the story of 13-yr-old Bella's Cuban family who work in the cigar factories, and Bella's dream of continuing her sch...

  • Tiffany

    I read this with my students for a field trip we're going on. It's set in historic Tampa (Ybor City). Very interesting young adult novel....

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