The Year of Our Revolution
In a work suitable for mature older teens and young adults, Ortiz Cofer crystallizes what its protagonist calls “the worst year in the history of parents and children.”
by Judith Ortiz Cofer
Publication Date: March 31, 1998
Imprint: Piñata Books
Ages: 11 and up
The landmark collection of poetry, fiction, fable and essay presents a kaleidoscopic vision of growing up as seen through the eyes of young women.
Named to The New York Public Library’s Books for the Teen Age 1999 and Recipient
1999 Paterson Prize for Books for Young People
“For mature teenagers there is wisdom aplenty in this radiant collection.”—Publishers Weekly
“Sophisticated and lyrical… it will also be a wonderful reading experience for literate teens able to savor the author’s use of language.”—Booklist
JUDITH ORTIZ COFER, a poet, novelist, and essayist, is the author of numerous award winning books, including An Island Like You: Stories of the Barrio (Orchid Books 1995, Penguin, 1997), recipient of the 1995 Pura Belpré Award, the ALA Best Books for Young Adults and the Horn Book/Fanfare Best Book of the Year List. Silent Dancing: A Partial Remembrance of a Puerto Rican Childhood (Arte Público Press 1991) received a PEN citation, the Martha Albrand Award for non-fiction, and a Pushcart Prize for the essay “More Room.” She is the recipient of the 1999 Paterson Prize for Books for Young People for The Year of Our Revolution. Most recently, she has published a bilingual book for children, ¡A bailar! / Let’s Dance! (Piñata Books, 2011); Animal Jamboree: Latino Folktales /La fiesta de los animals: leyendas latinas (Piñata Books, 2012), a bilingual collection of Puerto Rican folktales for middle readers, and The Poet Upstairs (Piñata Books, 2012), an inspiring picture book that demonstrates how poetry can change the world. She was a long-time professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Georgia before her death in 2016.
ATOS Interest Level: Upper Grades
Category: Young Adult