Tall Story

Tall Story

Book - 2011
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Sixteen-year-old Bernardo, who is eight feet tall and suffers from a condition called Gigantism, leaves the Philipines to live with his mother's family in London, much to the delight of his thirteen-year-old half sister Andi, a passionate basketball player.
Publisher: New York : David Fickling Books, 2011
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780385752176
Branch Call Number: FICTION GOURLAY
Characteristics: 295 p. ; 19 cm


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Cdnbookworm Dec 21, 2011

This children's novel is set in England where Andi lives with her parents, who are both nurses. Andi's mom is from the Philippines and she has an older half brother who her mother has been trying to bring over for years. Andi's parents have finally made the move to a home of their own, just as she finally works her way onto the basketball team at school. Now she must start all over at a new school.
Back in a small village in the mountains of the Philippines, Bernardo is living his life with his aunt and uncle. He too is fascinated by basketball, although not as much as his friend Jabby. Bernardo has grown tall and many people in the village treat him as a reincarnation of a legendary giant who brings good luck to the village. Nardo himself isn't sure what he believes.
When Nardo is finally approved to come live in England, things move quickly. How does the village react to his leaving? how does he feel leaving the only place he has ever lived, even if it does mean rejoining his mother? how does Andi feel about suddenly having a big (very big) brother? A lot happens to this family and Andi and Nardo are at the centre of the action.
A good story, with interesting characters.

Aug 26, 2011

Bernardo is a 16 year old who suffers from a condition called Gigantism. He has been living in a small village in the Philippines with extended family until his mother can get a visa for him to move to England and live with her, his stepfather and 13 year old stepsister. It is a shock when they finally see him and find out he is 8 feet tall. This story is about fitting in, finding your place, and basketball.

sensei_shan Jun 23, 2011

This book was really interesting. I liked reading about what life is like for teens who like basketball in other countries (England and the Philipines). The chapters alternate in point of view between siblings Andi and Bernardo, as some pretty intense events unfold. I think you'll like it!


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