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The Giant-Slayer

The Giant-Slayer

  • Title: The Giant-Slayer
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  • ISBN : 9780385733762
  • Format : Hardcover
  • Language : English
  • Page : 304 pages


A girl s imagination transports polio afflicted kids into a fantastic world.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 i A girl s imagination transports polio afflicted kids into a fantastic world.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.As Laurie embellishes her tale with gnomes, unicorns, gryphons, and other fanciful creatures, Dickie comes to believe that he is a character in her story Little by little Carolyn, Chip, and other kids who come to listen, recognize counterparts as well Laurie s tale is so powerful that when she s prevented from continuing it, Dickie, Carolyn, and Chip take turns as narrators Each helps bring the story of Collosso and Jimmy to an end changing the lives of those in the polio ward in startling ways.Book Details Format Hardcover Publication Date 11 10 2009 Pages 304 Reading Level Age 8 and Up


Author Iain Lawrence




The Giant-Slayer Reviews (31)

  • I chose this book to read because it is a California Young Reader Medal Nominee for Intermediate level, 2012 2013 I enjoyed the other two nominees Where the Mountain Meets the Moon and Eleven so I had a feeling I would like this one, too About half way into the book I decided I had to check out the [..]

  • I picked the narrated version at our local library I skimmed the back cover I had no idea how much we would all enjoy this book It is a story within a story Laurie Valentine s father works for the March of Dimes He is extremely protective because he does not want her to get polio She has one friend [..]

  • I had no idea what this book was about when I picked it up to read it From the cover and title, one would expect a fantasy involving a giant, a unicorn, a gnome, and a dragon However, the book opens telling you that it s 1955 and polio is rampant What does polio have to do with all these mythical cr [..]

  • Lawrence has composed a beautifully written book that aptly creates two different worlds The first, the real world is a heart wrenching account of children who are suffering from Polio, but are able to be brightened because one girl decides to be brave enough to show up every Saturday and narrate an [..]

  • This was another enjoyable read The premise, a girl visiting a polio ward back in the 50 s and telling a tale to the kids living in the ward and providing hope is nice and heartwarming Although nice heartwarming can also be a little boring I thought the story was interesting and really loved how the [..]

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