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on 3 June 2010
A deft and beautiful piece of storytelling. Basketball-mad Andi, and her giant of a brother, Bernardo, jump off the page. They are worlds apart - upbringing, schooling, clothes but the long and the short of it is that they are bound together by the imperfect love of family.
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.
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