Useful Fools

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Penguin, Aug 16, 2007 - Young Adult Fiction - 272 pages
Alonso, a dirt-poor teenager living in Peru, helps out at the public health clinic his mother, Magdalena, opened, so that he can see Rosa, the beautiful and wealthy daughter of the clinic’s doctor. Alonso and Rosa are both shattered when Magdalena is assassinated by a revolutionary terrorist organization. Left with no hope, Alonso might be seduced into becoming a guerrilla in the same organization that killed his mother. Rosa becomes disgusted with her father’s complacency and leaves wealth and safety behind to somehow help what is left of Alonso’s family. In this coming-of- age novel, C. A. Schmidt tells the story of how love can find its way through poverty and war.

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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 ... Read full review

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hold him padre manuel shouted a dozen hands grabbed alonso tearing at his shirt arms tangled around his waist as padre manuel raced back to the doorway then he turned around waving madly get back get back theyve got dynamite th crowd svreamed and surged backward padre manuel ran inside a thunserous explosion blew h sailed out on a rush of air trown to the ground alonso strugged to his feet mama another explosion boomed louder than the first a blst of air punched him in the chest he went down again fingrs fumbling on the dirt id said id take care mama things disapeared they went black 

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About the author (2007)

C.A Schmidt is a journalist and author. She worked as a correspondent for The London Times, ABC News, and The Washington Post during the communist insurrection in Peru, which informed her first novel, Useful Fools. She now lives in Virginia.