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Asphalt Angels

3.48  ·  Rating details ·  58 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
Based on the life of a real child living in Rio de Janeiro, this is a heart-wrenching account of one of the most heinous situations ever to be exposed to the public.
Paperback, 192 pages
Published September 18th 2003 by Front Street, Incorporated (first published April 1st 1999)
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Kara Danielsen
Apr 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
Alex (Crusoe) recently lost his foster mother to death and his step father kicked him out of his house in Japeri. Alex is trying to make it on the streets on his own without sniffing glue and without stealing. He faces the struggles of the community wanting everyone off the streets but if he goes to the homes, he would be confined and if he gets in trouble with the law, even if he didn't do it, he would most likely be beat.
Alex who is the main character tells everyone his name is Cru
David Brown
Oct 14, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Poorly written. Unlikable, uninteresting one dimensional characters. Especially the main character, Alex, who just so happens to be mostly innocent and doesn't partake in most of the gang's delinquent activities and the author goes out of her way to impress upon the leader how different Alex is from the rest of the Asphalt Angels. The only character that is remotely interesting is Duda, but even she isn't explored and is absent for most of the book.
May 16, 2010 rated it it was ok
this is the story of Alex, a young boy who after his mothers death moves to the streets in order to avoid living with his step father. Alex finds himself in many difficult situations trying to survive living on the streets. This is a good read for students who may be struggling with tough living situations or even those who don't understand the struggles some people go through.
Life on the streets in Brazil.

See: Pulga by Iterson; Child of the Dark by Carolina Maria de Jesus
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Based in Rio de Janeiro, Ineke Holtwijk was Latin America correspondent for over 15 years for, among others, de Volkskrant and national television news. In 1995 she published Cannibals in Rio about life in Brazil, which won her the Golden Donkey Ear (a prize for the best-selling literary debut of the year). That same year her children’s book Asphalt Angels appeared, about a street child in Rio. In ...more
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