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5.0 out of 5 stars Heart Breaking, yet altermately Heart warming..., 29 April 2004
This review is from: Georgie (Paperback)
Throughout reading (and I have done so several times) I wanted to helpGeorgie. Malachy engages the reader by allowing us to see his thoughts andfeelings through Georgies eyes. I got to a point where I really felt hisstuggle in understanding his confusing surroundings. I felt relieved andoptamistic when he was responding well to the subtle, yet clever way hewas being supported.
I urge you to buy and read 'Georgie'. As well as being a challenging read;in subject matter, it lends itself to share an important lesson with it'sreader about the 'real' reasons people or children might behave and howthe way we react, may influence it. I'll leave you to find out what that'lesson' is!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Blue Skies & Blue Birds at Last!, 24 Aug 2005
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This review is from: Georgie (Paperback)
Georgie Bayliss has lived in a children's institution for several years. He is violent; he smears feces on the walls; destroys his clothes; refuses to leave his room for meals; refuses to attend school or leave the grounds and destroys whatever is in his reach. He is also electively mute and lashes out at others when provoked. In reading Georgie's reasons for attacking his fellow inmates, one can see that his behavior was not without good reason. Why institution staff don't appear to engage him more in activities or understand what he does seems rather odd.
At the start of the book, readers "meet" Georgie in this institution in Wales. Unable to cope with the boy, he is transferred by bus to another institution in the country. Once there, Georgie meets angels. The first angel is a teacher named Tommo who is instrumental in helping Georgie confront his memories of death and loss and provides him with books and a pleasant bedroom; the second angel is a student named Shannon who immediately likes Georgie and wants to reach him. In time, the pair bond and Shannon takes Georgie under her wing. Readers can't help loving the staff at this second institution.
The other children in this home have a multitude of behavioral/mental problems and I like the humane way each child is treated. Tommo really is an angel of sorts and one cannot help but feel encouraged about the nurturing environment in this Welsh institution.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars inspiring, 6 Jan 2005
This review is from: Georgie (Paperback)
i myself have depression n this book helped to improve my condition.strong emotions.great storyline.its fantastic.i introduced it to my gd friend who is depressed as well.n she loved it and treat the book like her life.so if u havent read it..go read it..n introduced it to your friends.i am happy that i helped someone by doing that n i hope u will as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Read it!, 31 July 2002
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This review is from: Georgie (Paperback)
This is a chilling observation of a disturbed and abused child by someone who knows what he is talking about. This also contrasts greatly with doyle's better known 'early reader' books and it is in this, his frist novel that we can see his talent really shine.
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