[Reading] ➾ Tall Story ➵ Candy Gourlay – Girlnailart.us

Tall StoryAndi 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.

www.candygourlay.com where I blog now and then, or subscribe to my profile on Facebook More news when there is any And happy goodreading Candy Gourlay was a journalist writing about dictators in the Third World before she took up a full time position battling dictators of the nappy clad variety She inadvertently became a web designer while avoiding doing the dishes She takes procrastination to new levels by blogging, drawing and making YouTube videos for fun Her debut novel TALL STORY has been nominated for the Carnegie Medal and shortlisted for 13 awards It won the 2012 National Children s Book Award in the Philippines as well as the 2011 Crystal Kite Prize for Europe.my Facebook profile

10 thoughts on “Tall Story

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    Candy Gourlay truly loves the Philippines and it just shows in this book, Tall Story This being her first novel makes me agree with one of the blurbs that she is an author to watch Having been married to a British national and now raising her three sons in London, I will not be surprised to know that she has changed her citizenship from Filipino to British But the way that she carefully, positively and realistically depicted the Philippines and its people, culture, folklore and even superstitious beliefs is just amazing Gourlay must now be dressing up and talking like a British lady but deep inside, she is still a Filipina by heart For that, if novel writing is the same as basketball, this novel is like a successful ring less three point shot Swish Swish Swish.First and foremost, this tells the story of a widower, Mary Ann who has to leave her son in the Philippines and work in London to give him a better prospect in life This is the story s basic premise Gourlay used a typical nurse which has been the country s major ...

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    In all the years that I ve been actively reading, this is the first time I ve read a book where the characters are Filipino, where the majority of the story is set in the Philippines, where my culture is breathing and so alive.Bonus Tall Story is also written by a Filipino author.It s incredibly cruel And it says so much about our publishing industry We need diverse books We need marginalized authors with unique stories to partake And we need you to champion them just as much as you do for your standard default books Why would a giant shudder Regret, of course Old Tibo would shake his head sadly All giants regret that they had to leave Heaven to be with their mortal mothers I ve been a voracious reader as long as I can remember At a young age I started devouring classic Filipino short stories about folklore from Sari Manok, the different tales of how Makahiya and Mount Maria Makiling become, The Story of the Pi a, Ibong Adarna, The Monkey and the Turtle and .These stories molded me These characters are my people They are my home.And reading Tall Story feels like coming home Don t be surprised now, Andi, your brother is tall Tall, you hear me Tall Story follows the life of Andi, a thirteen year old girl who is obsessed with basketball She is persistent and wants to be her school s new point guard She is equally hoping her half brother, Bernardo from the Philippines will be a fan as much as her.Then he str...

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    First posted at Pinoy PopMy brother doesn t know this, but I consider him to be one of my best friends He s four years older than me, and like every other sibling pair, we used to have our share of screaming matches when we were kids We only started having serious conversations as we grew up, thanks to the long rides from school to our house during college, when he d pick me up My relationship with him gave me a soft spot for stories about brothers and sisters, so it was no surprise that I couldn t wait to read the recently released Tall Story by Candy Gourlay.Tall Story chronicles the tale of half siblings Bernardo and Andi, from the day they meet for the first time Bernardo grew up in the Philippines under the care of his aunt and uncle, after his mom, a nurse, relocated to the United Kingdom to work Bernardo grew up waiting for his papers to get approved by UK Immigration, so that he could live in London with his family Andi is a small girl who loves basketball and barely knows her older brother, save for a few letters and phone calls All that Andi knows is that her brother is tall, as her mom often stresses, and she wants him in London so they can play basketball together but when he finally arrives, Andi is in for a shock Bernardo is not just tall he s an eight foot giant As Bernardo and Andi get to know each other, Andi is pulled into Bernardo s magical world and Bernardo learns how it feels to have a family.If I could use ...

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    What you want is not always what you get Even when your wishes come true Andi desperately hopes her long lost half brother, Bernardo, will be as crazy about basketball as she is But when he steps off the plane from the Philippines, she can t believe her eyes She hasn t seen him for ten year, but even so, how did he get to be EIGHT FEET TALL This eight foot tall boy is about to crash into her life with his size 22 feet But Bernardo is not what he seems Bernardo is a hero, Bernardo works miracles, and Bernardo has amazing story to tell book s blurb I had high hopes for this little fat book and when I read this blurb which doesn t do the book justice , it had me thinking that it was going to be just another run of the mill culture shock story so I braced myself for a disappointment Then I began reading and it was a page turner The warm characters and sweet storyline had me charmed, laughing, cheering, and fighting back tears the ingredients for an unforgettable heartwarming tale.This was particularly meaningful to me because it gave a glimpse of Filipino culture, particularly regarding close knit family relationships, superstitions, and faith This was successfully conveyed by tackling with heart dichotomies such as need vs want, superstitio...

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    Also Posted at my book blog Dark Chest of WondersA Giant Tale with a Giant Heart A Book Review of Candy Gourlay s Tall Story Rush hour So many armpits, so little deodorants So begins Tall Story, Candy Gourlay s fantastic debut novel about basketball, sibling love, cultural differences, legend and magic A poignant tale that warns us of the dangers of the things we wish for and that ultimately, size doesn t really matter.Andi is a basketball obsessed, 13 year old, half Filipino who wishes nothing than to be her school team s point guard But the bad thing is she s the shortest in her class and London, where she lives, is a place that s not so crazy with shooting hoops Disheartened though she is with these nasty dilemmas, she remains persistent to get what she wants, despite things, as of the moment, are not really working well for her Still, a ray of hope remains to be looked forward to in a few days time her half brother from the other side of the world will finally arrive Oh, how she wishes that he s into basketball, too Years of waiting had lastly granted the Jones family s wish and that Andi will now have a big brother Then, on the big day a huge surprise caught the Jon...

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    With four children, all under the age of 10, spending the weekend here, this was the perfect kind of book for me to be reading if I wanted to get any reading done at all And, of course, I always do Besides enjoying this book very much, I learned new things about the Philippines, such as that the country loves basketball I had no idea and the legend of Bernardo Carpio, which I especially enjoyed, as I love folktales from other countries and noting the similarities and differences among them Bernardo Carpio reminded me a little bit of our U.S tall tale figure, Paul Bunyan, though Carpio is much like the Greek mythological Atlas I liked how the author used Carpio like struggles as a metaphor for how Nardo felt when he was suffering his seizures The author also used, in a subtle way, Carpio s winning over the townspeople as a metaphor for the way Nardo won the little children over when he started his new school.Andi s Nardo s half sister voice and the dialogue of Nardo s best friend, Jabby, caused me to chuckle several times Though all the characters were real, I especially enjoyed those two.As the story got serious, I was reminded of recent events in Japan I was also reminded of Japan when it was stated that high school basketball in the Philippines is a...

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    I m so glad this book was passed onto me, it was very touching I am close to my family, especially my mom and brother and to read about a family like this was emotional, happy and sad I also learned a lot from this book, the mythology or folklore of other cultures can be very cool My first thought after reading this was to email my favorite anthropology teacher, who I took Cultural Anthropology from, and see if she d read this Maybe she d even want to teach this book with the other ones she has on the curriculum The characters were very likable too, you feel for them, all of them I related to Andi quite a bit, caring about your family, feeling bad when you act harshly or think about acting harshly tow...

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    There was a time when I would be tanned so dark Sunblock was not in my vocabulary before because I d be playing basketball in open courts at noon My younger sister too, was sporting the same tan I m the point guard, she was shooting guard because she was taller by 2 inches But everyone who would come to watch a game would call us twins and if we correct them, they would readily point at my sister as the Senior and me as the Sopho That was in high school, we d be juggling academics with basketball and my mom cannot complain, we graduated with honors, she can t mistake us as jocks.I get Andi, sometimes I even think I was her I understand her drive to hold a ball and shoot some hoops I also understand her fashion, her short hair and her love for jersey shorts but most of all, I understand the need for her to prove to everyone that height does not matter in basketball but skills and alot of effort to perfect those jump shots Being tall has its advantage in basketball but having five giants with no skill inside the court will never win a game.Focusing on basketb...

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    This is one of the sweetest and most refreshing books I ve read this year It is a very sweet story, extremely well written and deeply enjoyable Actually, you want to know a funny story My roomie is from the Philippines and wait for it is a nurse Exactly like the mother of Andi and Bernardo And I laughed so much when Andi transcribes what she thinks is Tagalog, because that s exactly what I hear when my roomie talks to her family there Sorry, I m in a boring anecdote mode today This is a very sweet and touching story about a family finally coming together and getting to know each other after so many years apart Andi and Bernardo s mother is a Filipino nurse who went to work in the UK, leaving her first son behind, thinking she could make him come after But the immigration laws are such that Bernardo hasn t been granted the right to go to the UK, and he spent his childhood in San Andres with his Aunt and Uncle Andi is his half sister that he met only once The story starts when Bernardo has finally the right to go to the UK and live with his family It is told from the point of view of Andi and Bernardo and we learn from their history and how they became the persons they are today Andi Amandolina is a boyi...

  10. says:

    So many armpits, So little deodorant.If you are looking for a short fun read, read this novel Will give an elaborate verdict later

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