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THE KILLER’S TEARS by Anne-Laure Bondoux


by Anne-Laure Bondoux & translated by Y. Maudet

Age Range: 14 & up

Pub Date: Feb. 14th, 2006
ISBN: 0-385-73293-7
Publisher: Delacorte

This poignant, lyrical story tells of an adult’s discovery of love more than of a child’s growth. Paolo is an unloved child on a desolate farm in southern Chile, whose life unexpectedly takes a turn for the better when Angel Allegria, a ruthless murderer, kills Paolo’s parents merely to steal their home. Angel is unwilling to kill a child, and Paolo’s grave silences touch his rarely used emotions. An unlikely friendship grows between the two, with Angel determined to win Paolo’s love. Other potential father figures—the traveler who teaches Paolo to read, the poetic and literary old lumberjack—compete for Paolo’s affections. Though Angel is redeemed and reborn through his relationship with Paolo, he can’t outrun his past crimes. This spare but emotionally charged story is stylistically adult; the child protagonist acts primarily as an innocent prop to allow Angel’s redemption. Once he enters his own adulthood, Paolo emerges as a fully formed character, a product of the men he met in his youth. A lovely story for the right audience. (Fiction. YA)