Tall Story (Lib)(CD) Audio CD
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Starred Review, School Library Journal, March 2011:
"Contemporary Tagalong and British vernacular enhance the brother/sister narration and enliven the depiction of cultures. In her first young adult novel, Gourlay offers an appealing blend of diverse characters, emotional conflicts, well-paced action, and an upbeat finale. The challenges facing separated, immigrant families and the universal teen desire for acceptance and respect ring true."
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A warm, funny and moving novel that will have you in fits of laughter one minute and in tears the next. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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However Bernardo, his aunt and uncle have been keeping a secret from Andi's mum. A big secret. Bernardo is 8 feet tall and his village believes that he's a modern version of Bernardo Carpio - a legendary giant who saved the village from destruction by an earthquake.
Andi's life is turned upside down by Bernardo's arrival, not least when she's moved to a new school - one without a girls' basketball team. Similarly Bernardo's trying to come to terms with life in a strange country and his guilt at leaving his village - including best friend Jabby - behind.
Candy Gourlay's debut novel is a charming tale about accepting differences and superstition. It moves deftly between Bernardo's move to London and his life in San Andrea a small village riddled with superstition and populated with memorable characters, including best friend (and basketball fan) Jabby and the sinister witch Nena. Gourlay portrays the village with affection and what's refreshing is the loyalty that Bernardo has to it - even keeping a horrible Velcro suit specially tailored for him.
Bernardo is sweet-natured - gentle, loving, bewildered by his surroundings and struggling to deal with his condition. The betrayal he feels when Jabby wants him to play a basketball match because a giant will sell tickets is very touching, as are his attempts to reach out to the younger half-sister who he cares deeply for.Read more ›
The story weaves and dodges between two countries and cultures without missing a beat. You feel for Andi, she has a lot to contend with; new brother, new house, new school. You feel for Bernardo; new sister, new house, new school. Their differences are highlihghted in the way they deal with these experiences. The fabulous tale of Bernardo Carpio, the belief in the power of witches keep a tight hold on Bernardo even when he's in London. Andi's efforts to be on the basket ball team and be a good sister are admirable and touching.
Its funny too, all over the place; Andi's mum for example is wonderfully drawn,engaging and pretty embarrassing; as when she meets Bernardo at the airport with the blindingly unnecessary, 'He's so tall! He's so tall!'
I read this quickly, wanting to know what was going to happen to Andi and Bernardo. I'm happy to report that the plot runs towards a deeply satisfying conclusion. This is a fine novel, big hearted and cleverly told. Read it.
This is a book that I can hold up and be proud to say "I know her!" I will be watching Candy's writing career with great interest!
Will he be able to adjust?
Amandolina has always lived in England and has only met her older half-brother once when he was six years old. When she sees how tall he is, she hopes he loves basketball as much as she does. The initial thrill of a brother soon wears off, though, and the stresses of adapting to the change in schools, houses, and family starts eating away at her.
Will she also be able to adjust?
A fun, lively rendition of a modern-day folktale. The characters are well-developed, and the story is likable and holds the reader's interest. Those who like realistic fiction, books about blended families, and school stories will enjoy reading TALL STORY.
Reviewed by: Kira M
The characters are warm and engaging and the story spreads it's arms right around the world. It reads like a modern fable in some ways. Beautifully constructed, it held me in the palm of it's little papery hands right until the end.
I would recommend for 9 and up, younger if they're confident readers. Then again, I'm 44 and I loved it.
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I love this book so much I can't stop re-ordering it for presents!
It's a must have!
The delivery was quick and the book came in excellent condition, practically like I brought new! And it's a excellent read!!Published 18 months ago by Helen Liron
Original, gripping and with SO MUCH HEART. Loved the unusual characters and loved the story. A winner if you're looking for a refreshingly different children's book to read.Published on 1 July 2014 by Amazon Customer
It was a very good book interesting and enjoyable the only thing that you notice is the layout of the pages whilst reading it on the kindle app. Read morePublished on 28 Dec. 2013 by jj
i really hated this book it felt like it got nowhere and i just really did not enjoy it at allPublished on 15 Mar. 2013 by DaisyBee
One of my favourite books, good story line and enjoyed it hugly. The front cover pic looks nice and good when Bernado falls one the fall and how the author describes it. Read morePublished on 5 April 2012 by Lolly
A really good story - feisty heroine, great emotional hooks of separation/reunion, responsibility/need to escape, limitations/overcoming them. Read morePublished on 6 Jun. 2011 by M. Thexton