Staff Picks for the Holidays: The Composition

The Composition, by Antonio Skármeta and illustrated by Alfonso Ruano

Recommended by Emily Mockler, Sales Assistant, House of Anansi and Groundwood Books

“My holiday staff pick is a Groundwood book titled The Composition by Antonio Skármeta illustrated by Alfonso Ruano. The Composition is about a young boy in an unnamed country, living within a military dictatorship. As Pedro, the protagonist, becomes increasingly aware of his surroundings he must confront many complicated issues. Morality, personal responsibility, and freedom are strong themes throughout and Pedro must ultimately choose which side he is on. Written in accessible language, with complementary full colour illustrations throughout, this story speaks to all ages.”


UNESCO Tolerance Award
Winner (2001)

Jane Addams Children’s Book Award
Winner (2001)

Americas Award Commended List
Winner (2001)

Great for:

  • Kids age 8 and up
  • Teachers
  • Librarians
  • Anyone interested in social justice issues


One thought on “Staff Picks for the Holidays: The Composition

  1. I personally loved this book! Its definintly a hit! My son asks me to read it to him every night before bed and I never get tired of it. Keep up the good work!


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