Grostephan, Alan, ed. Stories of Life & Death/Historias de Vida y Muerte by the Children of Cazuca, Colombia.

Author:Goldsmith, Francisca
Position::Brief Article - Young Adult Review - Book Review

GROSTEPHAN, Alan, ed. Stories of life & death / Historias de vida y muerte by the children of Cazuca, Colombia. SangFroid Press (34 Water St., Excelsior, MN 55331). 96p. illus, c2004. 0-917939-01-8. $14.95. JSA

Alan Grostephan of the Creative Change Foundation worked as a writing teacher with the children of Cazuca, a community of poor people displaced by Colombia's long-entrenched civil war. Collected here are brief stories, poems, and observations by the young writers, most between 9 and 13 years old, presented in both English and Spanish. Illustrated with uncredited but evocative b/w candid shots of both the young authors and their slum, this slice of reality and realizations goes far to bring American readers face to face with the conditions--physical and emotional--under which a significant portion of the world's population currently...

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