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The Giant-Slayer (Paperback)

Author:  Iain Lawrence
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0440239710
ISBN-13: 9780440239710
Sku: 221165479
Publish Date: 1/10/2012
Pages:  304
Age Range:  14 to College
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A girl’s imagination transports polio-afflicted kids into a fantastic world.

The spring of 1955 tests Laurie Valentine’s gifts as a storyteller. After her friend Dickie contracts polio and finds himself confined to an iron lung, Laurie visits him in the hospital. There she meets Carolyn and Chip, two other kids trapped inside the breathing machines. Laurie’s first impulse is to flee, but Dickie begs her to tell them a story. And so Laurie begins her tale of Collosso, a rampaging giant, and Jimmy, a tiny boy whose destiny is to become a slayer of giants.

As Laurie embellishes her tale with gnomes, unicorns, gryphons, and other fanciful creatures, Dickie comes to believe that he is a character in her story. Little by little Carolyn, Chip, and other kids who come to listen, recognize counterparts as well. Laurie’s tale is so powerful that when she’s prevented from continuing it, Dickie, Carolyn, and Chip take turns as narrators. Each helps bring the story of Collosso and Jimmy to an end—changing the lives of those in the polio ward in startling ways.

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Set in 1955, 11-year-old Laurie Valentine is struggling with an intense fear of polio due to her father's work with the disease and his own paranoia. When her best friend, Dickie, falls prey to the horrible disease and is forced to be encased in an iron lung, Laurie finds herself tell him fantastical stories. Soon, other children with polio, Carolyn and Chip, listen in to Laurie's world filled with giants, magic, and gnomes. With humor and sadness, this middle grade novel is a wonderful mixture of fantasy and reality.


"This profound, magical, dryly comical novel reminds readers of the power of story, but they will already be feeling it in their bones. Masterful." 10/15/2009

"Young readers who know polio solely as something they're immunized against will not quickly forget this moving, imaginative glimpse of the not-so-long-ago past." - Meghan Cox Gurdon 12/05/2009

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Product attributeeBooks:   Kobo
Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeMinimum Age:   10
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0304
Product attributePublisher:   Yearling Books
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