Andi hasn't seen her brother for eight years and when he steps off the plane from the Philippines, she cannot believe her eyes. He's tall. EIGHT FOOT TALL.
But Bernardo is not what he seems. Bernardo is a hero, Bernardo works miracles, and Bernardo has an amazing story to tell.
Last night was the launch of the Philippine edition of Tall Story by Candy Gourlay (Cacho Publishing House, 2010).
Below is Ramón C. Sunico, the Philippine editor and publisher of Tall Story. He has cried each and every time he has read Tall Story. (It has made me cry, too. It is such a touching story about a long-lost brother and sister. Click here to read a few of my comments on the book and my interview with the author.)
Below is the inspiring author herself, talking about how getting her book published in the U.K. (by David Fickling Books), the U.S. (also by David Fickling Books), and the Philippines is one of the best things that has ever happened to her.
The very best things to ever happen to Candy Gourlay are her husband Richard and her children Nick, Jack, and Mia.
What a beautiful family!!
Candy's gorgeous, gorgeous family and friends sang during the book launch. Candy conducted, of course!
Guess who I met at the book launch? My fellow Filipina YA book blogger Chachic of Chachic's Book Nook! It was great hanging out with you, Chachic!
I am giving away two SIGNED copies of the Philippine edition of Tall Story. The Philippine edition of Tall Story is a collector's edition. It is in paperback and has a different cover from the U.K. and the U.S. editions. It is in English and it is illustrated - the U.K. and U.S. editions are not illustrated. The Philippine edition also includes a glossary, notes, and discussion guides (not included in the U.K. and U.S. editions) for teachers and librarians who want to use the book in the classroom or for reading groups.
To join this giveaway (and absolutely everyone is welcome to join), leave a comment for this post. Please give your name, your email address, . . . and the name of a giant in literature or a real-life "giant"! The winners will be chosen randomly next Thursday, July 29. They will be two very lucky readers indeed. =D
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