The Crazy Man

Paperback | June 30, 2006

byPamela Porter

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It is 1965, and twelve-year-old Emaline lives on a wheat farm in southern Saskatchewan. Her family has fallen apart. When her beloved dog, Prince, chased a hare into the path of the tractor, she chased after him, and her dad accidentally ran over her leg with the discer, leaving her with a long convalescence and a permanent disability. But perhaps the worst thing from Emaline's point of view is that in his grief and guilt, her father shot Prince and then left Emaline and her mother on their own.

Despite the neighbors' disapproval, Emaline's mother hires Angus, a patient from the local mental hospital, to work their fields. Angus is a red-haired giant whom the local kids tease and call the gorilla. Though the small town's prejudice creates a cloud of suspicion around Angus that nearly results in tragedy, in the end he becomes a force for healing as Emaline comes to terms with her injury and the loss of her father.

In the tradition of novels such as Kevin Major's Ann and Seamus and Karen Hesse's Out of the Dust, novelist and poet Pamela Porter uses free verse to tell this moving, gritty story that is accessible to a wide range of ages and reading abilities.

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It is 1965, and twelve-year-old Emaline lives on a wheat farm in southern Saskatchewan. Her family has fallen apart. When her beloved dog, Prince, chased a hare into the path of the tractor, she chased after him, and her dad accidentally ran over her leg with the discer, leaving her with a long convalescence and a permanent disability....

Pamela Porter was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and she lived in New Mexico, Texas, Louisiana, Washington and Montana before emigrating to Canada with her husband, the fourth generation of a farm family in southeastern Saskatchewan, the backdrop for much of Pamela's work. She is the author of three collections of poetry, and he...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 7.5 × 5.1 × 1.27 inPublished:June 30, 2006Publisher:Groundwood Books LtdLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0888996950

ISBN - 13:9780888996954

Appropriate for ages: 9

Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantabulos! I have read this book 5 times and still couting! This was the absolute best book I have ever read. I'm not one to stick my nose in a book very often, but this book is an exception. When Emilines' foot get chpped off by a tractor, and her dad blames it on her best friend- her dog-Prince, he shoots it. Then leaves. It is full of excitement and tears. A definate must read. I hope this helped.
Date published: 2009-11-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from heartstopping This book was amazing. I first read it at my school library and when i finished it i was next to tears because it was so great.I especially reccomend this book to kids who have had a rough time in life.
Date published: 2008-08-27

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Editorial Reviews

"...Potter's free-verse narrative explores prejudice, fear, and disability with quiet grace." - Book Links"...it's deceptively simple, rewardingly rich." - Quill & Quire"...[a] moving, gritty story...accessible to a wide range of ages and reading abilities. It is amazing how much emotion and character Porter manages to convey with so few words." - VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates)"...a rich, full story of growth and questioning..." - Toronto Star"...a touching portrait of a real-seeming girl, set in a well-delineated time and place." - Horn Book"A richly written character study containing echoes of To Kill a Mocking Bird's Scout Finch and Boo Radley and Of Mice and Men's Lennie, The Crazy Man, which explores prejudices in many forms, is a quick read meriting several rereadings. Highly Recommended." - Canadian Children's Literature - CBRA"Among the pleasures of this novel are the muted longing in the young girl's expression, the explications of the 1960s definitions of crazy - and, perhaps most impressively, Porter's play with a verbal colour palette that tempts us to read this initiation narrative as impressionism, studied in its composite detail, and intelligently sentimental." - Canadian Literature"Powerfully told in poetic verse, this story is fast paced and heartfelt." - Brandon Sun"Subtle in its themes and organization, this book is pure pleasure, offering lessons about love, loyalty, and loss." - School Library Journal"The marvel of this novel is that language as plainspoken as Porter's can be as revelatory as those prairie plains themselves....Porter cultivates her characters and her plot with huge deftness and tenderness." - Globe and Mail"This...would be a valuable addition to young adult collections" - Resource Links