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Tall Story by Candy Gourlay
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bookshelves: middle-school-books, multicultural

Andi and Bernardo, half-sister and brother, tell this story in alternating chapters. For most of their lives the two have lived half a world apart. Andi (Amandolina) lives with their mother and her father in England, and Bernardo lives with his aunt and uncle in San Andres in the Philippines, because his mother has been unable to get a visa to bring him to England. Bernardo is named for a famous legendary giant, Bernardo Carpio, who is said to have saved San Andres from a devastating earthquake, by holding the fissure apart. Since Bernardo was born there have not been any earthquakes in San Andres, and most of the town believes that his presence is the reason. Contributing to this belief is the fact that Bernardo suffers from gigantism, and by the time he is 15, Bernardo has gone from being one of the shortest in his class to being 8 feet tall. When Bernardo's visa to move to England finally comes through, he has mixed feelings about leaving the community that he has grown up with, his best friend, Jabby, and the people who depend on his presence. However, he is very excited to finally be with his mother and sister. When he goes, there is much for him to adjust to in his new life. Meanwhile, Andi has adjustments of her own, since her family is moving to a more spacious new house and she must attend a new school - just when she has made point guard on her old school's basketball team.
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