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On the afternoon when Angel Allegria arrives at the Poloverdos’ farmhouse, he kills the farmer and his wife. But he spares their child, Paolo–a young boy who will claim this as the day on which he was born. Together the killer and the boy begin a new life on this remote and rugged stretch of land in Chile.

Then Luis Secunda, a well-to-do and educated fellow from the city de
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Paperback, 176 pages
Published May 8th 2007 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers (first published 2003)
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Roberto
Pablo Poloverdo è un bambino che abita con i genitori in una casa in Patagonia dove solitamente non arriva mai nessuno. Ma un giorno di lì passa un assassino, Angel Alegrìa, che uccide i suoi genitori e si insedia a vivere nella casa iniziando a fare da padre al bambino che ha reso orfano.

Angel e Pablo sono protagonisti di una storia che trasforma lentamente entrambi. Angel è un uomo cresciuto conoscendo solo il bisogno e la violenza ma accanto a Pablo impara a conoscere l'orgoglio, la gelosia,
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Jeremy
Another high school syllabus book to help my children with their work in English in high school, this one a year eight read. A heavily allegorical work focussing on the nature of humanity and the spaces and tensions between oppositions, like our amoral animalism with our moral humanism, and how these types of things are never really polar, but co-existing and dynamic.



The fact that it goes about its theme so overtly is counter-balanced by the voice Bondoux develops through, chiefly, the narrative
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Katie
I think everyone should read this book, hands down. Read for Young Adult Literature class. Annotation: Who do you become if you are raised by the man that murdered your parents? Through travel, trials and love Paolo will discover his answer.
Tess
Angel is a wanderer and killer who murders Paulo's parents and suddenly leaves him an orphan. Angel who never felt the love and affection from his own parents finds heart in a 10 year old boy and a reason for living.

The killer regrets his wrongdoing when he deprives Paulo of a mother's warmth, the comfort of safe home and exposing him to violence. So he decides to leave Paulo secretly through the care of an old lumberjack named Ricardo.

However, the situation doesn’t turn out as planned.

Ricardo
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Tom Lavoixdulivre
COUP DE COEUR. Surpris par cette poésie renversante...

Je tiens tout d'abord à remercier énormément ma correspondante pour cette magnifique découverte ! Ce livre est totalement un coup de coeur ! J'en entendais parler depuis longtemps, j'en ai entendu du bien, j'ai failli le lire plusieurs fois au CDI de mon collège... et bah je n'ai pas été déçu du tout du tout par ce livre ! Ce livre est un véritable mélange de poésie, d'émotions et d'étonnement. Chaque page est un petit bijou simple comme un b
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Daan
very emotional book. Loved the writing style. Normally, I don't like this genre but this book is an exception. I would definitely recommend it!
Paige
The Killer's Tears is about a man name Angel Allegria. Ange at a farmhouse in Poloverdos. Angel kills the farmer and the farmer's wife. Angel doesn't kill the farmer's son. The son named is Paolo and he is a young man. Since Angel didn't kill Paolo the two just lived there life like any other human. After a while a man name Luis came along with Angel and Paolo and they left the farmhouse. Angel and Luis shaped Paolo life around there's and had him followed there footsteps. In the long run Paolo ...more
Good books never end
Dass hinter so wenigen Seiten eine riesige Geschichte mit viel Herz und Liebe steckt, hätte ich niemals erwartet. Noch lange musste ich über die herzerwärmende Story in den stürmischen Bergen Chiles nachdenken, die von einem unschuldigen Jungen erzählt, der es schafft, ein Monster zu zähmen. Das Cover ist ein richtiger Blickfang, doch der Titel hat mich erst recht auf das Buch aufmerksam gemacht.

Die raue Welt da draußen in den abgelegensten Gebieten von Chile hat mich sehr fasziniert. Dieses Set
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Anja
This is an easy-reader french book with af danish review.
Den er skrevet af Anne-Laure Bondoux og handler om drengen Paolo som bor med sine forældre på en gård langt fra alt i den sydlige Chile. De modtager sommetider gæster som overnatter og en dag ankommer den eftersøgte morder, Angel Allegria, dræber forældrene og bor nu på gården som om, at han er Paolos far.
Det er jo frygteligt i sig selv, men historien handler om de personers forhold til hinanden og om Paolo kan komme til at holde af en ma
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DieLeserin
Paolo und seine Eltern wohnen in einer einsamen, trockenen, trostlosen Gegend Chiles. Eines Tages tötet ein Mörder die Eltern des kleinen Paolo. Doch den Jungen kann er nicht töten. Stattdessen kümmert er sich wie ein Vater um den Kleinen. Bis dann noch ein Fremder in das Haus kommt und sich auch um Paolo kümmern möchte ...

Bei diesem Buch fällt vor allem eines auf: Minimalismus.
Alles ist auf das Wesentlichste reduziert. Die Figuren sind überschaubar, im Grund gibt es nur drei Figuren, die wirkli
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Sarah Janina
''Wie damals, als er Angels Freundschaft und Schutz gewonnen hatte. Dafür hatte er seine Eltern verloren und ihm war klar geworden, dass alles seinen Preis hat.''

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In einem einsamen Haus in Chile wohnt ein kleiner Junge namens Paolo. Eines Tages taucht ein Mann namens Angel auf und tötet, ohne mit der Wimper zu zucken, seine Eltern. Doch er bringt es nicht übers Herz dem kleinen Paolo wehzutun und so nutzt er die Gelegenheit und beginnt ein scheinbar neues Leben, indem er sich
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Teresa
É um livro pequeno, categorizado como juvenil, mas muito adulto na mensagem que transmite: a capacidade de amar faz o mundo ser um lugar maravilhoso. Até alguém "sem coração" pode amar e ser amado.
Summer
Why I decided to read this book: I decided to read this book because I had to read a prize winner and I found the title and picture interesting.
Why I liked or didn't like it: I didn't really like the story but it was something different to what I read usually so it was okay.
I found angel interesting because he kills a boys parents and then suddenly feels affectionate towards him.
I think the only thing that kept me reading is the entry of Luis.
Something new I learnt from this book: sometimes our
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Johanna
When Paulo's parents are brutally murdered in a remote and dismal corner of Chile, their murderer, Angel, takes up residence in their home and begins caring for their young son. As time goes on, they are joined by Luis, a rich young man who is hiding from the world, and the two men become rivals for the affections of young Paulo. When circumstances force the three to leave the tiny farm, we see jealousy, greed, and human nature rise up in its best and worst incarnations.

This is a haunting book d
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Caren
Jan 25, 2011 Caren rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: ya
This book , by the author of the 2011 Batchelder Award winner, was itself a 2007 Batchelder Honor book. (The Batchelder Award is given for a children's book first published in another country in a language other than English, then later translated and published in the USA.) The book, first published in French, also won France's Prix Sorcieres, a literary prize given for children's literature first published in French or translated into French (and so, not necessarily work only of French national ...more
Tony
The Killer's Tears by Anne-Laure takes the tale of of murderer aka Angel who comes to a house at the edge of Chile, where he killed a farmer and his wife yet spare the life of the unknown age of their son Puablo. It's been a year since Angel came to Puablo life, comes a strange visitor Luis. Puablo save the new strange man who happens to be rich by stopping Angel from killing him. Unaware of Angel's history, Luis helps around the small farm and unknowing to him the fight between Angel and him ov ...more
Julie
Jul 20, 2008 Julie rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: ya
Angel, a wanted murderer escaping authorities, happens upon a poor family in a remote area in Chile. After killing the parents, Angel forges a bond with their young son, Paolo. This relationship is challenged with the arrival of Luis, a wealthy and educated man who is trying to sort out his life, and Luis and Angel compete for the affections of Paolo. After several years, when the three travel to the city to purchase supplies, Luis meets a young woman and takes off with her, and a series of even ...more
Taya Mills
This book is about a young boy named Peolo who lives at the most southern edge of Chile. One day Angel Allegra comes to his home and murders his parents in front of him. Angel buries the parents and for some reason, cannot bring himself to kill the child. Angel is a murderous, violent man who has come to seek hiding from the law. Angel and Peolo live in the old house for a while and are soon joined by another man. Soon, though, the sheep all die and the men and boy are forced to head to civiliza ...more
Neema Ziaie
Overall this was a heart throbbing and fantastic book that is worth five-stars. It was a very sad, emotional and heartbreaking story. I do not recommend this book for children who are twelve years and younger unless they are able to handle the tragic and violent events in the story. If you are the type of person who likes stories that involve criminals and the justice system, then I recommend this book to you. This book is about a boy named Paolo Poloverdo who had just witnessed his parents gett ...more
Savanna Marquez
Brief synopsis.
This book is about a boy named Paolo Poloverdos who lives with his family in the rugged south end of Chile. And sometimes people pass thru looking for a place to stay and most of leave in the morning. But on one day a man named Angel came in and kills his family and but spares him. So they live together than a man named Luis Secunda comes to live where they live on their land. But they won’t last them until they get more food and last live stock.
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Kaci
This book was so well written, it is hard to describe the feeling of it and what makes it great, but it is. It is a simple story told in a simple manner, but every so often you get a glimpse into the heart of the characters, into their true souls. The lumberjack introduces the concept of "metamorphosis" to Angel and Paolo and I think that is the theme of the book, the ability for people to change, to be something different, something better. For Paolo, it is realizing what he is missing and deal ...more
Shawn
I found this book in a used book store and was intrigued by the premise of a murderer who murders a childs family and then decides to keep the child. After reading The Graveyard Book and being a bit disappointed by that similar premise, I was wary about this book. But I found that I couldn't put it down. The murderer is a very evil man and the child has lived through a plain and rough life, but their union is very unique---co-dependent, and as their relationship grows and changes, they grow to d ...more
Melissa Baxter
When a sudden stranger comes across a family in the middle of nowhere he sees it as the perfect hideaway. He murders the parents like he has murdered several before him but spares the little boys life. As he grows closer to the boy and becomes like a father figure, a stranger comes across them who, against his better judgement, he also spares. As the book progresses, there are several plot twists and there are some that make the killer feel remorse for all the lives he stole...

I never ever thoug
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Ali M.
Yeah, so this book pretty much wrecked me. I get misty-eyed every time I think about it. It captures people as they really are, and the world as it really is, in such an acute way it's breathtaking. It portrays life in all its unfairness and unexpected beauty, underlining the truth that people can't be boxed in, neatly labeled, or psychoanalyzed, because eventually they'll break every epithet you try to pin them with. And it does this all in 161 spare pages.

The setting (Southern Chile, near the
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Isaac
This is a very well-written book. I could not stop reading it until I read it all. It is about a boy called Paolo that lives with his family. A well known killer named Angel comes through Paolo's town. Angel killed his parents and then took Paolo as his own. Paolo is young and doesn't understand. He lives with Angel in his own house. One day a smart and wealthy man came to see what it was like where Paolo lived. Paolo liked him very much and Angel got jealous. He was going to kill Luis but Paolo ...more
St Clare's Library
Utterly wonderful, sad and lovely. This award-winning story of a boy living in an extremely isolated part of Chile, in a cabin by the sea, who has his life changed when a murderer appears and kills his parents. The murderer spares the boy and from that point on, both of their lives are transformed in ways you wouldn't predict. The story is written in a beautiful, simple style and is short and easy-to-read. The themes are of love, friendship and prejudice turned on its head. This is currently Ms ...more
Kris Irvin
2.5 stars. This one is a pretty quick read. It ended in a totally different place than I was prepared for. The story was interesting, but I didn't come away feeling like it changed my life or anything. Meh.
Liane
I like this book. It made me realise that life really is full of surprises.

A story of redemption and fatherly love. How love can take you to places and how it can teach you to start a new life. But even though you've tried your best to change and erase the past, you can't. Because some people haven't moved on yet. I like how how Paolo Poloverdo made a killer's heart soften without doing anything.

It's a story about betrayal of the people whom you trust; letting go of the people because they're si
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Diane

"I was born the day I saw you."

The reason why it's only 4 and not 5 is because I don't know if I can read it again. The waterworks get in the way.

The Killer's Tears is a beautifully written book. Simple. Eloquent. I cannot begin to describe the emotions it evokes in me. I was incredibly moved by the story, especially with how Angel was transformed into the man that I saw him become because of Paolo. I was surprised with how much I've grown to like Angel who I wasn't really sure I'd forgive (but
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Michelle
The Killer's Tears is a strangely gorgeous story. Themes of guilt and love are explored along with the healing power of love.
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Anne-Laure Bondoux has received numerous literary prizes in her native France. Among her previous books published by Delacorte Press is The Killer’s Tears, which received the prestigious Prix Sorcières in France and was a Mildred L. Batchelder Honor Book in the United States.
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