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Tall Story

by Candy Gourlay

Tall Story
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  • First Published:
    Feb 2011, 304 pages
    Paperback:
    Feb 2012, 304 pages

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Tamara Smith

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A quirky first novel for older children that explores the clash of two very different cultures, Ages 10+

Thirteen-year-old Andi lives in London. Bernardo, her sixteen-year-old half-brother, lives in the Philippines. But he has finally received his immigration papers and is moving in with Andi and her parents. The two siblings could not be more different. Andi is short and basketball-crazy. She's good at it too, better than the boys even. And she is outspoken. Bernardo, on the other hand, is taller than tall. He can barely walk down a flight of stairs without tripping and falling. And he is quiet. The list goes on and on. But in a poignant scene about three-quarters of the way through Tall Story, after Bernardo has come from the Philippines to live in London, Andi truly looks at him for the first time and sees that she and her brother are maybe not so different after all: "I realized with a start that our eyes were the same colour - hazelly, browny, with a sunburst of dark streaks...

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Look for her next book, Shine, due to be published in mid 2012!

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