Tall Story

Tall Story

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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.
Publisher: New York : Yearling, 2012.
ISBN: 9780385752336
Branch Call Number: J-PB Gourl
Characteristics: 293 pages ; 19 cm

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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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