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That Boy Red

3.77  ·  Rating Details  ·  73 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
It’s the Depression, but Red’s family is managing better thanmost on their Prince Edward Island farm. Hard working andresourceful, they have enough to eat and to help others, evenif at times they are mocked by their neighbours for puttingeducation ahead of farm work. Eleven-year-old Red has plentyof chores around the farm, and the days can be long, but hestill gets the odd ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published April 4th 2011 by HarperTrophy
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Jul 10, 2011 Cait rated it it was amazing
Reading THAT BOY RED is like reading about the precocious little boy you love to baby-sit – the one that leaves you exhausted running around after him, and despairing that he’ll ever settle down and mature, but ultimately surprises you when it counts.

Red is a young boy living in Depression era Prince Edward Island with his mom, dad, brother and two sisters. And occasionally a grannie, to Red’s despair. Red’s older sister is his teacher, his young sister will follow him around, and his brother is
Apr 16, 2011 Jenny rated it really liked it
The tagline says that its “Anne of Green Gables meets Owen Skype” and I definitely got the Anne of Green Gables feel from it. I would describe the story as one with lots of charm, very wholesome and with a homely feel.

The story is told from Red’s point of view and follows him and his family living in rural Prince Edward Island during the height of the Depression. Red is your average eleven year old boy in the 1930‘s. He has chores, helps his Pa out with farm work but also likes to go fishing wi
Melanie Fishbane
Dec 16, 2011 Melanie Fishbane rated it really liked it
Simply delightful read. Four interconnecting stories about a family in P.E.I. during the Depression. Gilmore has such a wonderful knack for dialogue which gives us a real sense of who her characters are. Also, wonderful descriptions of the Island. Made me want to be there even at winter time. The stories are funny and heart-warming. I could see it as a CBC family hour show. Get on that CBC! Reluctant readers will appreciate the boyhood antics as well as the short story feel of the book will give ...more
Nicola Mansfield
Mar 09, 2013 Nicola Mansfield rated it it was amazing
I was taken with how much I enjoyed this book; I just gobbled it up! Once started I couldn't put it down. Each chapter is episodic, there is no major plot running through the book, except that of the life of a family living through the Depression on Prince Edward Island. The book is held together though by recurring themes in the lives of the characters, such as the love life of the eldest daughter, but the book is very much centred on the main male character and will be of especial appeal to bo ...more
Nov 27, 2013 Ariana rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. It is so heart warming . This awesome book Is about a stubborn boy named Red MacRae and his Ma, Pa older brothers Alex and Mac his younger sister Bunch and his Older sister Ellen who is also the teacher at the local school house. It is the depression his family makes a living by making Tobacco caddies for a credit at the market but that are managing much better then most families.His family stands out because they put education ahead of working on the farm. Reds shines at wood ...more
Yoits yoits
Mar 07, 2012 Yoits yoits rated it really liked it
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This book is about a boy named Red MacRae and how his life was. His family is managing a farm in Prince Edward Island, one of the best.Red was never the best in school, he would rather do woodwork. But he can not slack off for his older sister is the teacher and will not have his brother fail. but when a terrible accident happened to his father. Red and his siblings must step up and finish the tobacco boxes that his father makes. Many other problems comes along involving his sisters, outhouses a ...more
Rebecca Mckenzie
This is essentially the boy version of Anne of Green Gables and takes place on Prince Edward Island as well. I enjoyed reading it but some parts didn't flow well - the second last chapter takes place in a snowstorm and the last chapter takes place in summer, which is also where the airplane finally makes an appearance. Not sure whether or not some chapters or large portions of chapters were edited out or if they were just neglected, but the story definitely requires more substance.
Dec 09, 2011 Jenn rated it liked it
Much like a boy's version of "Anne of Green Gables", That Boy Red is told in a series of vingettes. This a gentle and sweet book with some very humourous moments; it's easy to see how it was nominated as a Silver Birch fiction contender.
For my middle schoolers, however, it's a little on the light side, and they were left with questions. Overall, they enjoyed it; however, it was a little young for their taste.
* A great holiday buy for your Grade 3-6 student!
Jan 17, 2015 Cheriee rated it really liked it
I loved it, but I am pretty sure I have never read anything of Gilmore's that I haven't loved. If you haven't read A Group of One, for heaven's sake go and grab it from the library!
Whether she is writing modern fiction, or in this case, historical, Gilmore captures the essence of what it means to be Canadian.
Mar 23, 2013 Tracie rated it really liked it
I read this as one of the books my son was doing for his local reading link competition. It was very enjoyable and reminded me so much of Anne of Green Gables, similar setting (PEI) and themes. Although this is a young person's book, I found it really entertaining and most adults who enjoyed Anne Shirley would enjoy the adventures of Red McRae
Rachel Seigel
Sep 30, 2011 Rachel Seigel rated it really liked it
This is a very sweet and charming read set in Depression Era P.E.I. Red is a fun character who does experience growth throughout the book. The lack of a real plot, and the episodic nature of the book drove me a little bit nuts, but kids will enjoy reading about his adventures.
Dec 28, 2011 Kendra rated it it was amazing
What an endearing boy Red is. He is not perfect by any means, but he loves his family and they love him. He gets into plenty of mischief, but that just adds to the story. The only drawback I see is a smattering of off-colour words (none that are very offensive).
Apr 23, 2012 Marshall rated it did not like it
I did not like this book very much. I thought it was too boreing. I can not really recomend this book to anyone because I do not like it.
May 01, 2013 Jacquie rated it really liked it
What a great story. I can see why this jr. fiction won the GG award. It was funny and heartwarming.
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Aug 27, 2012 Girl Guides of Canada rated it it was amazing
We reviewed and recommended this book for our girls in Brownies and Guides, ages 7-11.
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Mar 21, 2013 Shazia Jafri rated it it was amazing
Best book ever
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Rachna Gilmore is the best-selling, critically acclaimed Governor General’s Award winning author of numerous books with multiple honours and awards. Her publications include picture books, early readers, middle grade and young adult novels, as well as adult fiction.
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