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In a village in Chile, Pedro and Daniel are two typical nine-year-old boys. Up until Daniel's father gets arrested, their biggest worry had been how to improve their soccer skills. Now, they are thrust into a situation where they must grapple with the incomprehensible: dictatorship and its inherent abuses. "The Composition" is a winner of the Americas Award for Children's Literature and the Jane Addams Children's Book Award.

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In a village in Chile, Pedro and Daniel are two typical nine-year-old boys. Up until Daniel's father gets arrested, their biggest worry had been how to improve their soccer skills. Now, they are thrust into a situation where they must grapple with the incomprehensible: dictatorship and its inherent abuses. This sensitively realized story touches a nerve and brings home the uncomfortable fact that some children do encounter issues of this magnitude. Here, deft realism is brought to the page by Antonia Skarmeta's story and the edgy drawings of Alfonso Ruano, portraying a child's view of a repressive society. The Composition is a winner of the Americas Award for Children's Literature and the Jane Addams Children's Book Award.

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Pedro is a nine-year-old boy whose main interest in life is playing soccer. The arrest of his friend Daniel's father and a visit to the school of an army captain who wants the children to write a composition entitled "What My Family Does at Night" suddenly force Pedro to make a difficult choice. The author's note explains what a dictatorship is and provides a context for this powerful and provocative story.

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krittero6, December 8, 2007 (view all comments by krittero6)
I read this text to my 5th grade students. It is truly a powerful tool to get the conversation (and beginning realizations) going about what life is like under a dictatorship. The author keeps humor and resiliency from the narration of a young boy's perspective.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780888995506
Author:
Ruano, Alfonso
Publisher:
Groundwood Books
Illustrator:
Ruano, Alfonso
Author:
Ruano, Alfonso
Location:
Toronto
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Literature - Classics / Contemporary
Subject:
People & Places - Central & South America
Subject:
Dictatorship
Subject:
Dictature
Subject:
Situations / Violence
Subject:
Social Issues - General
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction-General
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
Edition Number:
1st paperback ed.
Edition Description:
First Trade Paper Edition
Series Volume:
RN-0285
Publication Date:
20030131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
- Up
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Color illustrations throughout
Pages:
32
Dimensions:
8.25 x 9 in 4.8 oz
Age Level:
08-UP

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"Synopsis" by ,
In a village in Chile, Pedro and Daniel are two typical nine-year-old boys. Up until Daniel's father gets arrested, their biggest worry had been how to improve their soccer skills. Now, they are thrust into a situation where they must grapple with the incomprehensible: dictatorship and its inherent abuses. This sensitively realized story touches a nerve and brings home the uncomfortable fact that some children do encounter issues of this magnitude. Here, deft realism is brought to the page by Antonia Skarmeta's story and the edgy drawings of Alfonso Ruano, portraying a child's view of a repressive society. The Composition is a winner of the Americas Award for Children's Literature and the Jane Addams Children's Book Award.
"Synopsis" by ,
Pedro is a nine-year-old boy whose main interest in life is playing soccer. The arrest of his friend Daniel's father and a visit to the school of an army captain who wants the children to write a composition entitled "What My Family Does at Night" suddenly force Pedro to make a difficult choice. The author's note explains what a dictatorship is and provides a context for this powerful and provocative story.
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