Original title: Los colores de la montaña
Young Manuel lives with his hard-working farmer parents in the remote, mountainous region of the Colombian countryside. While the adults in their lives try to avoid both the armed military and the guerrilla rebels fighting each other, Manuel and his friend Julián are obsessed with playing soccer any chance they get. Shortly after his birthday, the new ball Manuel received as a gift gets kicked into a minefield, and he, Julián, and their albino friend Poca Luz, will do anything to recover their prized belonging—an essential part of everyday lives and dreams. In Spanish with English subtitles.
Winner of the Edith Lando Peace Prize.
Themes: family relationships, generosity, children in armed conflict, effects of civil war and violence on families, and resourcefulness.
Recommended for grades 6-10/ ages 12+
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