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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (381 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Candy Gourlay Narrator: Ramón de Ocampo, Jayne Entwistle Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2012 ISBN: 9780307968746
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Starred Review, School Library Journal, March 2011:
    "Contemporary Tagalong and British vernacular enhance the brother/sister narration and enliven the depiction of cultures. In her first young adult novel, Gourlay offers an appealing blend of diverse characters, emotional conflicts, well-paced action, and an upbeat finale. The challenges facing separated, immigrant families and the universal teen desire for acceptance and respect ring true."

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nikki Heath | 12/24/2013

    " Loved this! Great characters, fab story! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Harper | 10/2/2013

    " its a book from point of veiw "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meredith | 9/28/2013

    " Sweet story with alternating viewpoints, recurring motifs, and a look at different cultures that doesn't knock you over the head like, "Look, a different culture!" Engaging. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Keren David | 8/30/2013

    " I was lucky enough to read an advance copy of this book. A really touching tale of an 8-foot-tall boy from the Philippines, who comes to London to be reunited with his family. It's sad, funny, dramatic, magical and true-to-life..what a debut! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Helen | 8/24/2013

    " A wonderful heart-rending story. Already shortlisted for many awards for children's books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristy | 4/29/2013

    " Such a lovely story, I couldn't put it down. The only reason I haven't given it 5 stars is because it would be the ideal book for a 13 year old, which is great because that's who it's aimed at, unfortunately I'm not 13 anymore so it was slightly off my wavelength! I'll be recommending this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abby | 1/22/2013

    " Really enjoyed being transported to London and the Philippines in this quick read with a touch of magical realism. Siblings alternate chapters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liz | 5/13/2012

    " I really enjoyed this book. The switching POV is a bit jarring at first, but I fell into a reading rhythm quickly enough. I thought the plot was well written. I also though the concet fort his book was wonderful and extremely human. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Benjamin Zabin | 4/29/2012

    " This was a really powerful realistic fiction book. It made me feel sad and happy at the same time. I thought it was a great book but the reason it kept me from giving it 5 stars was it was confusing a some parts. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 MissMcD | 2/15/2012

    " "So many armpits, so little deodorant." What a great beginning! Haha. This is another sweet little story that almost reads like a folktale, but is indeed realistic fiction. I'm thinking about adding this to the summer list :) "

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About the Narrators

Ramón de Ocampo has won nine AudioFile Earphones Awards for his audiobook narrations. A graduate of the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama, he has been seen on television, film, and stages all over the world, including recurring roles on such television shows as The West Wing, 12 Monkeys, Sons of Anarchy, and Medium. He is the winner of a prestigious Obie Award for his stage work.

Jayne Entwistle is a voice talent and Earphones Award–winning narrator.