The Honorable Prison
By Lyll Becerra de JenkinsReading Level: Middle School, High School, Adult
Awards: Scott O'Dell Historical Fiction Award
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile 1988
Because few novels have addressed the political upheaval in South America, this gripping tale is especially welcome. Loosely based on the author's childhood experiences, Marta Maldonada's story begins as her journalist father continues to attack, in the pages of his newspaper, the country's dictator resulting in the family's imprisonment. Perseverance and courage are the central themes of this poignant story about a South American family faced with political oppression.