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The Giant-Slayer by Iain Lawrence
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Oct 30, 10

** spoiler alert ** Read this as a potential for the Red Maple list - glad it made it for Silver Birch as it was probably too young for our crowd.

From Random House:
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.

It's a fantastical tale, but one that takes a bit of getting used to before you begin to follow along. The pre-teaching about polio is essential; students needs to understand why these kids were trapped in the hospital before they can move past that to understand the fabulous allegories presented in the story.

I enjoyed Lawrence's writing style (he of the amazing "Seance" and "The Buccaneers"), and think that this is a great addition for students - older students will enjoy it as well if they are fantasy fans.

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