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Contemporary Realistic Fiction
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Family Relationships
Societal Concerns

20 August 2007

The Most Beautiful Place

Written by Ann Cameron; Illustrated by Thomas B. Allen

This book can be as simple as a little boy struggling to survive in the impoverished town of San Pablo, Guatemala, and his desire to attend school. Or it can be a heart wrenching cultural study of a bright young boy who has been deserted by those who are supposed to protect him, and his difficult choice between bettering himself with education or security that money can bring. In either case there is enough for the reader to get a feel for Juan’s life and the city he lives in. The text is simple, but the concepts can be used to start a discussion for high school students.