"Seven-year-old Juan lives in Guatemala, a place of stunning beauty and grim economic reality. Abandoned by his mother, Juan lives with his grandmother and shines shoes. He passionately wants to attend school, but fears Grandmother will say no. Finally gathering his courage, he is surprised when she not only agrees to send him to school but also chides him about the importance of standing up for himself. Juan tells this bittersweet story, which reads smoothly and powerfully on several levels, with warmth and dignity."--Booklist.
WINNER 1988 - Josette Frank Award
WINNER 1990 - Arkansas Charlie May Simon Master List
WINNER 1993 - Massachusetts Children's Book Master List
Ann Cameron says she writes books to "capture the positive energy of life," a statement fully supported by The Most Beautiful Place in the World. She is the best-selling author of many popular books for children, including The Stories Julian Tells, More Stories Julian Tells, The Stories Huey Tells, and More Stories Huey Tells. Ms. Cameron lives in Guatemala.