The Giant-slayer

The Giant-slayer

eBook - 2009
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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.
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, c2009
ISBN: 9780375893742
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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ChristchurchLib Aug 25, 2014

"Shy, quiet dreamer Laurie Valentine has no friends at all until she meets Dickie Espinosa. The two of them range all over their 1950s neighbourhood exploring and playing -- until Dickie comes down with polio and is confined to an iron lung. Laurie sneaks into the hospital to visit Dickie and begins spinning a fantastical tale that spreads over many visits, a heroic adventure in which a young boy must slay an enormous giant (with the help of all manner of interesting and unusual characters). We won't tell you what power Laurie's amazing story holds; read The Giant-Slayer and decide for yourself." Kids' Books August 2014 newsletter

Jul 17, 2014

My grade four teacher read this aloud to our class. Then in the summer i read it again. I loved this book so much and i plan to read it again.

Mar 17, 2014

I really like this book.

Dec 19, 2011

TOTALLY LOVE THIS BOOK! It's my favourite type: unpredictable and half fiction. I thought it would be more fiction-type.i challenge all of you who visit this part of the bibliocommons site to place a hold on this book! if you accepted it, pls leave a comment.p.s. vancouver public library IS EPIC AWESOME

Dec 18, 2011

This book is so great! I love the twist from reality to imagination. I just thought the whole thing would be fiction-like.

May 29, 2011

This book is my fav ever and ortega but it is so sad at the end i almost started crying a million times listening to the lazy song so inspiring:) I wish it nvr ended i luv it want 2 by it

May 11, 2011

This was my fav so I voted for it!!!

Apr 24, 2011

I am reading this right now...really good so far!

Apr 19, 2011

Im reading this book rite now and its great! Its really great!!! :D READ THIS BOOK!!!

Apr 15, 2011

I have to say, this was my favorite book out of all of them!
And I've read practically all of them :D
I recommend this to everyone!
Its like the book was made for me,
with the plot and the genre, fantasy.
I just love this sort of book and I hope you do too.
Read it!

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