Teens in Peru

Teens in Peru

by Sandra Donovan
     
 

Peruvian teens lead very different lives, depending on where they live and their family's position in society. They can live high in the Andes mountains, like their ancestors hundreds of years ago, or in huge cities overlooking the Pacific Ocean. They celebrate holidays based on Incan ritual and Catholic tradition, watch bullfights in huge arenas, and cheer on…  See more details below

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Peruvian teens lead very different lives, depending on where they live and their family's position in society. They can live high in the Andes mountains, like their ancestors hundreds of years ago, or in huge cities overlooking the Pacific Ocean. They celebrate holidays based on Incan ritual and Catholic tradition, watch bullfights in huge arenas, and cheer on their favorite sports teams. Teens in Peru is part of Global Connections, a series that uncovers the challenges, pastimes, and customs of teens around the world.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Keri Collins Lewis
While some teens are in private boarding schools in the U.S. and Europe, some of their peers are picking through garbage in hopes of finding something of value to sell on the streets. One teen drives her moped to go shopping, while another digs for potatoes to help feed her family. Socioeconomic status and Peru's varied geographical regions dictate the vastly different lives of its young people. Teens in the Amazon live as their ancestors did thousands of years ago, finding their food and shelter from the land. The descendants of the Spanish conquistadores retain the bulk of the wealth and power in Peru, and the indigenous peoples still experience discrimination. This title, part of the "Global Connections" series, paints a vivid portrait of the harsh lives of huge portions of Peru's population. While the author shows that family loyalty and patriotism are key values all Peruvian teens share, the fact that income, class and racial divisions define the lives of Peru's people cannot be escaped. Bright illustrations, photographs and maps convey a wealth of information while non-English words are highlighted in colorful boxes along with their pronunciations. A table of contents, historical timeline, glossary, additional resources, source notes, a select bibliography and an index make this book easy to use and ideal for school libraries. Students, librarians, and teachers will all appreciate this different approach to information books about countries, looking at each place through the eyes of its young people rather than the traditional nonfiction text. Reviewer: Keri Collins Lewis
School Library Journal

Gr 6-9

These books are concise and highly readable. In Cuba, the author explores how the country's communist government provides free and mandatory education for its young, and mostly poor, citizens, thus distinguishing itself from neighboring countries. Additionally, readers will learn how growth in Cuba's tourism industry is changing the country's economy and that competition for highly coveted jobs in this sector is fierce. Clear, colorful photos and sidebars on a range of topics provide further context. Peru highlights the huge discrepancies in lifestyles among teens from different income groups as well as those from rural and urban communities. A glossy photograph of young people picking through trash in a Peruvian shantytown is juxtaposed against a group shot of fashionable students sporting peace signs and a digital camera. The author clearly demonstrates that while all teens strive for educational success, the poorest rarely finish school and struggle to make living wages. These titles will enrich young adult collections.-Kimberly Garnick Giarratano, Rockaway Township Public Library, NJ

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780756538521
Publisher:
Capstone Press
Publication date:
09/01/2008
Series:
Capstone Global Connections Series
Pages:
24
Product dimensions:
7.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
1060L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

Meet the Author

Sandy Donovan has written more than two dozen books for kids and teens. She also writes for newspapers, magazines, and Websites. Her book The Channel Tunnel was a Minnesota Book Award finalist.

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