Monday, April 9, 2012

Review: Tall Story

Tall Story
by Candy Gourlay

Book Description:
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.

I hadn't been sure I would like this story, but it was actually a very touching, almost folk-story feeling tale.

I loved both Bernardo and Andi in different ways. He was a wonderful boy, who just happened to grow 8 feet tall, and had to deal with how that affected how all the people around him viewed him. Andi was fiesty, loyal, and incredibly impatient to be independent...and yet, she loved her brother without reservation.  Their family loyalty was amazing to read about!

With a slight touch of "magic" and a great, loving family, this turned out to be a great read! I recommend it if you like real life family stories, folk tales, or even just books about basketball!

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