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The Composition

ISBN-10: 0888995504
ISBN-13: 9780888995506
Author: Skarmeta, Antonio
Illustrated by: Ruano, Alfonso
Interest Level: 3-6
Publisher: Groundwood Books

Publication Date: January 2003

Copyright: 0

Page Count: 32

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Interest Level

Grades 3-6

Reading Level

Guided Reading: N
Lexile: 590L
Accelerated Reader Level: 3.8
Accelerated Reader Points: 0.5
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BISAC Subjects

Dictatorship; Fiction

Dictatorship; Fiction

Dictatorship; Fiction

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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