Author(s): Jose Mauro De Vasconcelos
Meet Zeze - Brazil's naughtiest, and most loveable boy, his appetite for mischief matched only by his capacity for kindness. When he grows up he wants to be a 'poet with a bow-tie' but for now he entertains himself playing pranks on the other residents of his family's impoverished Rio de Janeiro shanty town and conjuring a varied cast of friends into being with his imagination. That is, until he meets a real friend, and his life begins to change... My Sweet Orange Tree is a worldwide classic of children's literature - never out of print in Brazil since it was first published in 1968, it has also been translatedinto an astonishing number of languages and won the hearts of young readers from Korea to Turkey, Poland to Thailand and in many other countries too.
Jose Mauro de Vasconcelos (1920-84) was a Brazilian writer who worked as a sparring partner for boxers, as a labourer on a banana farm and as a fisherman before he started writing at the age of 22. He is most famous for his autobiographical novel My Sweet Orange Tree, which tells the story of his own childhood in Rio de Janeiro, and has never been out of print in Brazil since it was first published in 1968.