A Tourist's Guide to Glengarry by Ian McGillisA Tourist's Guide to Glengarry by Ian McGillis

A Tourist's Guide to Glengarry

byIan McGillis

Paperback | November 15, 2002

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This book is a tribute to a real neighbourhood at a special point in time -- working class north Edmonton on the cusp of the oil boom. McGillis has drawn partly on figures from his own late 60s, early 70s childhood, including a maverick substitute teacher with a predilection for Eastern philosophy, a nine-year-old champion of civil rights, a chain-smoking ten-year-old son of anti-war radicals and baseball immortal Roberto Clemente.

Ian McGillis was born in Hull, Quebec, grew up in Edmonton, and now lives in Montreal, within hailing distance of Fairmount Bagels. He is a regular contributor to The Gazette and co-edits the Montreal Review of Books. His journalism has also appeared in The Globe and Mail and The National Post. A Tourist's Guide to Glengarry is his fir...
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Title:A Tourist's Guide to GlengarryFormat:PaperbackPublished:November 15, 2002Publisher:Porcupine's QuillLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0889842469

ISBN - 13:9780889842465

Appropriate for ages: 14 - adult

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A refreshing book This is a very refreshing book. The nine year old protagonist has humour, wit and a fantastic ability for observation. He is insightful, sensible and caring. It is amazing what a smart child can say about a single day in his life. Written in a delightful language the book is to read again and again just for the sheer pleasure of it. It is a treasure book for children in particular. It can teach them what to observe around them, how to value people and friends, how to appreciate things and events and how to write more than a single paragraph during school essays. I am buying copies for my grandchildren and for friends with children.
Date published: 2004-11-08

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`Neil McDonald is the most eloquent nine-year-old you've ever heard. He's the narrator of Ian McGillis's captivating first novel, A Tourist's Guide to Glengarry and he's had quite a rough day -- encounters with drugs, booze, petty crime, teenage Italian girls, the threat of expulsion from school, enraged nuns, Black Sabbath, and puppy love are only a few of his worries. Set in 1971 Edmonton, a milieu that offers an uneasy blend of the cosmopolitan and the parochial, A Tourist's Guide to Glengarry offers a guileless account of young Neil's adventures, which involve a rapid-fire series of surprises, belly laughs, and kidney punches.'