Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Tall Story by Candy Gourlay

This is very interesting story about a boy and his wishes.  He wants to join his mother in London...

David Fickling Books has published this book in hardcover, and sent me a copy for review (thank you).  The story is written for ages 10 and up.

I found this a very different read from the others I normally review.  It was a refreshing change and focuses on a separated family and how one child is very tall and the other very short.  Andi is short and she wants to play basketball badly.  Bernardo is very tall and is instantly a basketball hero.

The author does a good job of showing the interplay between the two children.  Andi wanted her long-lost half-brother to join the family, but didn't have long to adjust to the fact that he was coming.  They'd spent years talking about it, but now it was happening.  Bernardo was thrilled to come to London, but doesn't know how to fit into the lifestyle here or how to deal with Andi.

The message here is that it's OK to be different; everyone is special in their own way.

Check with your local bookstore to get a copy.  And happy reading!

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