Useful Fools by C.A. Schmidt

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C. A. Schmidt was a correspondent for the London Times, ABC News, and the Washington Post during the Communist insurrection in Peru. She now lives in Virginia. This is her first novel.
Published August 16, 2007 by Dutton Children's. 262 pages
Genres: Young Adult, War, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The war in Peru that lasted from 1980 to 1992 is virtually unknown to many of today’s teen readers, but this story of love and loss among political upheaval will resonate despite the unfamiliar setting.

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Told from the perspectives of Rosa, a physician's privileged daughter, and Alonso, a poor cholo (Indian) teenager, this first novel takes a harsh look at the cruel regime in late 20th-century Peru and the violent tactics of the Communist guerilla insurgency, the Shining Path.

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