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A Discussion Guide for Tall Story by Candy Gourlay

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Hello readers! I created this discussion guide for readers of Tall Story, my middle grade novel about a boy who is eight foot tall. I hope teachers, librarians and readers of my book will find it useful. You can let me know what you think by messaging me on the contact form of my website http://candygourlay.com. If you have suggestions for more reference materials for Tall Story, I would love to hear from you!

Candy Gourlay

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    I am a fellow theresian and sister of Judy Damian. Your book was used for the Gr 6 Ateneo reading material and so i read it together with my 11 year old son. We enjoyed the book tremendously and we had a few good laughs about it. For my son who has ADHD, this was one book he really enjoyed reading. Congratulations and looking forward to reading more of your books. :)
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A Discussion Guide for Tall Story by Candy Gourlay

  1. By Candy GourlayTall StoryA D I S C U S S I O N G U I D E B Y T H E A U T H O R
  2. Characters
  3. BernardogrewupinthePhilippines.
  4. BernardogrewupinthePhilippines.HewisheshecouldbewithhissisterinLondon.
  5. BernardoHesuffersfromGIGANTISM.grewupinthePhilippines.HewisheshecouldbewithhissisterinLondon.
  6. GIGANTISMIs a growth disease.
  7. GIGANTISMIs a growth disease.You can get this tall.
  8. Andi
  9. Andiis short …
  10. Andiis short …but she’sAMAZINGat basketball!
  11. Andiis short …but she’sAMAZINGat basketball!She’s not sure abouther long lost brotherfrom the Philippines.
  12. Think
  13. ThinkBernardo is a Giant.What do you think it’s like to bedifferent like Bernardo
  14. ThinkWhat would you do if you weredifferent like Bernardo?
  15. ThinkHow do people react when theymeet someone who’s differentlike Bernardo? Why?
  16. ThinkHow would you react if you metsomeone like Bernardo?Why?
  17. Setting
  18. ThinkBernardo and Andi grew up indifferent cultures.
  19. CULTURErefers to traditions, stylesocial habits, beliefs,language, religion, food.
  20. CULTURErefers to traditions, stylesocial habits, beliefs,language, religion, food.Filipino Culture!
  21. CULTURErefers to traditions, stylesocial habits, beliefs,language, religion, food.Filipino Culture!
  22. CULTURErefers to traditions, stylesocial habits, beliefs,language, religion, food.English Culture!Filipino Culture!
  23. CULTURErefers to traditions, stylesocial habits, beliefs,language, religion, food.English Culture!Filipino Culture!Yeoman  image  by  Andrew  Ga1  
  24. Think
  25. ThinkWhat do you think are some of thecultural differences between theBernardo and Andi?
  26. ThinkDo you know anyone who’sculturally different from you? How?
  27. ThinkHow do the cultural differencesaffect the relationshipof Bernardo and Andi?
  28. ThinkBernardo and Andi grew up indifferent environments.
  29. Bernardo grew up inthe Philippines.
  30. Andi grew up inLondon.
  31. Think
  32. ThinkWhich setting is most likeyour own? Why?
  33. ThinkHow does his environmentinfluence Bernardo’s character?
  34. ThinkHow does her environmentinfluence Andi’s personality?
  35. ThinkHow does her environmentinfluence Andi’s personality?
  36. ThinkHow has your environmentinfluenced you?
  37. Story
  38. ThinkThe story alternates betweenBernardo and Andi’s voice.Why is the story told this way?
  39. ThinkBoth Andi and Bernardo have verystrong desires. What do each ofthem want and how does the storyshow this?
  40. ThinkFilipino legends are woven intoBernardo’s side of the story. Whatdo the legends explain?
  41. ThinkThere are magical elements in thestory. Bernardo’s wish comes trueand so does Andi’s. Do you thinkit’s because of the magic? Why?
  42. More Reading
  43. Cosmic by Frank Cottrell BoyceHe’s so tall he manages tofool a dealer into lettinghim test drive a car. But issigning up for a trip toouter space a step too far?Wonder by RJ PalacioHe’s funny, smart and brave –but he’s got no face and nowhe’s got to attend real school.How is he going to cope?The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indianby Sherman AlexieNative American boy dares toleave the reservation to becomethe only Indian in school.Hilarious and sad.
  44. I hope you enjoyed this discussion guide.A good book shouldmake you think and I hope Tall Story hasdone just that. Thank you for readingmy book!Candy Gourlay
  45. candygourlay.comWith thanks to Sarah McIntyre for the Tall Story cartoonjabberworks.livejournal.com

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