The Crazy Man by Pamela Porter

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It is 1965, and 12-year-old Emaline, living on a wheat farm, must deal with a family that is falling apart. When her dog, Prince, chases a hare into the path of the tractor, she chases after him, and her father accidentally runs over her leg with the machine, leaving her with a long convalescence and a permanent disability. Even worse, from Emaline’s point of view, is that in his grief and guilt, her father shoots Prince and leaves Emaline and her mother on their own.

Despite the neighbors’ disapproval, Emaline’s mother hires Angus, a patient from the local mental hospital, to work their fields. Angus is a red-haired giant whom the local children tease and call "the gorilla." Though the small town’s prejudice creates a cloud of suspicion around Angus that nearly results in tragedy, he just may hold the key to Emaline's coming to grips with her injury and the loss of her father.

About Pamela Porter

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Pamela Porter is the author of three collections of poetry as well as a number of children's books, including Sky and Yellow Moon, Apple Moon. Pamela's first novel in verse, The Crazy Man, received the TD Children's Literature Award, the Canadian Library Association Book of the Year Award for Children, the Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People, and the Governor General's Award. She lives near Sidney, BC, with her husband, children and a menagerie of rescued horses, dogs and cats.
Published August 9, 2005 by Groundwood Books. 176 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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This style is unusual for novels, particularly children's novels, as it is considered by many to be off-putting for readers, who don't want to read an entire book in such poetic format.

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