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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (268 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Iain Lawrence Narrator: Suzanne Toren Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2010 ISBN:
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Award-winning author Iain Lawrence creates an entertaining and magical adventure in The Giant-Slayer. It's 1955, and Laurie Valentine's best friend Dickie has contracted polio. Confined to a breathing machine in the hospital, he begs Laurie to stay by his side and tell him a story. As Laurie creates the tale of the giant Collosso and the young boy destined to stop him, Dickie starts to believe he's part of the story. But when Laurie is forced to stop telling the story, Dickie has to reach within himself to create his own ending.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristy | 2/16/2014

    " I really liked this book. It has sparked my interest in learning more about polio and how it effected so many lives. A very unique story that will stay with me for quite some time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christine | 2/15/2014

    " As a child of a polio survivor, I was intrigued by the fly-leaf description of the book. One of my children actually picked it up and finished it before I could. All I can say is "Wow!" The loneliness, the creativity and the hope of each child in the book is an inspiration. Thank you, Iain Lawrence! I borrowed the book from my local library, but have just now ordered my own personal copy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa Welch | 2/9/2014

    " Very good book, thought provoking. Didn't really know much about the polio epidemic. Would like to know more. The author gives resources if one would like to pursue the subject. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrea | 1/18/2014

    " A great story! I loved how everything was so woven together. The author created--and kept creating--great, believable characters. I agree that the end was a little abrupt, but it worked so well with the rest of the story and the fact that children were telling it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellen Brandt | 1/1/2014

    " A unique blend of historical fiction (a polio ward in the 1950s) and fantasy (the story that an 11 year old tells to entertain the young patients who are confined to iron-lungs). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandi | 12/21/2013

    " This book is what happens when a clever concept meets a good author. The Giant Slayer is two stories woven together: Laurie Valentine visiting her friends in the polio ward in 1955 entertains them with a fantasy tale (think Lord of the Rings for kids). The relationship that develops among the children as the story progresses is magical in itself. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Josie | 12/17/2013

    " I liked the historical sections more so than the fantasy told in the story, which just shows my preference for historical fiction over fantasy. The story within the story was well executed, though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wendy | 12/15/2013

    " This real-life story was mixed with an excellent fantasy as well. I've never given much thought to polio since it wasn't a concern really in my lifetime. I really enjoyed this book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbra | 11/24/2013

    " Very good read about the atrocities of Polio and the strength of friendship. A must read for ages 9 and up "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 H | 11/21/2013

    " This is only the best book EVER!!!! I was in tears half way through, but couldn't stop reading. Awesome!!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michele | 10/30/2013

    " This is a book with a story within a story. A young girl regularly visits a polio ward and tells an ongoing story. It felt like two completely separate books. I found it difficult to connect them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pam | 8/23/2013

    " A Silver Birch 2011 nominated title (i.e., for kids). Interesting premise: able-bodied girl tells fantasy tale to three iron-lung-bound polio patients. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 M.R. Anglin | 7/20/2013

    " Rather a downer but still really good. So interesting . . . 4 stars. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kendra | 1/28/2013

    " This is a great book. It's about polio, but there's a great fantasy story woven in. I learned a lot, enjoyed the story, felt strongly about the characters...it was great. The only thing that was unbelievable was how well this young girl could tell a story :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jasmine23 | 3/5/2012

    " I voted for this for the MYRCA award! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abby | 7/20/2011

    " I really, really enjoyed this book. It was somehow heartbreaking and uplifting at the same time and I loved the intertwining of the fantasy and the reality. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anthony | 7/2/2011

    " A very interesting story. Uniquely written! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca | 4/26/2011

    " A story about an unlikely hero. Definetly an "hero-journey" type book. We listened to it, which was fun to hear the voices. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 4/23/2011

    " A phenomenal read! I truly enjoyed this book. I was putting off reading it (chose to read the other two CA Young Reader Medal Nominees first). However, this book blew me away. Highly recommend for the young reader and especially adults. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellen | 3/27/2011

    " A unique blend of historical fiction (a polio ward in the 1950s) and fantasy (the story that an 11 year old tells to entertain the young patients who are confined to iron-lungs). "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michele | 3/20/2011

    " This is a book with a story within a story. A young girl regularly visits a polio ward and tells an ongoing story. It felt like two completely separate books. I found it difficult to connect them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angela | 1/12/2011

    " I liked it. It's a story within a story--interest format. It feels very familiar to me--I think I've seen this same kind of frame before (sick children escaping through a shared story or dream). A real departure from the author's usual fare. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wendy | 8/10/2010

    " This real-life story was mixed with an excellent fantasy as well. I've never given much thought to polio since it wasn't a concern really in my lifetime. I really enjoyed this book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kendra | 7/15/2010

    " This is a great book. It's about polio, but there's a great fantasy story woven in. I learned a lot, enjoyed the story, felt strongly about the characters...it was great. The only thing that was unbelievable was how well this young girl could tell a story :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbra | 6/8/2010

    " Very good read about the atrocities of Polio and the strength of friendship. A must read for ages 9 and up "

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