Tall Story by Candy Gourlay

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Andi is short. And she has lots of wishes. She wishes she could play on the school basketball team, she wishes for her own bedroom, but most of all she wishes that her long-lost half-brother, Bernardo, could come and live in London where he belongs.

Then Andi's biggest wish comes true and she's minutes away from becoming someone's little sister. As she waits anxiously for Bernardo to arrive from the Philippines, she hopes he'll turn out to be tall and just as crazy as she is about basketball. When he finally arrives, he's tall all right. Eight feet tall, in fact—plagued by condition called Gigantism and troubled by secrets that he believes led to his phenomenal growth.

In a novel packed with quirkiness and humor, Gourlay explores a touching sibling relationship and the clash of two very different cultures.

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About Candy Gourlay

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CANDY GOURLAY was born in Manila during the dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos. After working as a journalist for some years, she moved to the U.K. in her twenties. Candy is now a full-time writer across a range of mediums: short stories, blogs, Web sites, journalistic features, and radio programs. Tall Story is Candy's first full-length published novel. Visit her on the Web at CandyGourlay.com.
Published February 8, 2011 by David Fickling Books. 304 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books. Fiction

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In alternating chapters, Andi and Bernardo describe Bernardo’s first days in London—the chilly weather, the MRI for the seizures that Bernardo has begun to experience, the first real clothes that fit his tall body, the sister and parents who love him.

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In this legend a giant, Bernardo Caprio, saves the country from an earthquake by sacrificing himself and will return to earth again in someone else's body.

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On one side of the world lives Bernardo, an eight foot tall teenager who had to stay in the Philippines when his dad died and his mum remarried in England.

Dec 02 2011 | Read Full Review of Tall Story

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It's told in alternate chapters by Andi and Bernardo, charting the time before they meet, and Bernardo's first few weeks in England.

Jul 27 2010 | Read Full Review of Tall Story


But Andi is simply told that Bernardo is tall.

May 06 2011 | Read Full Review of Tall Story

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*Tall Story* by Candy Gourlay - middle grades nonfiction book review ... Gabriela
has a “magic” wishing stone, and using it, Bernardo's wishes appear to come ...

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