Basketball-mad Andi thinks she has big problems until she meets her long-lost brother Bernardo who is tall ... but not just tall - a giant. Bernardo is eight feet tall. He suffers from a disease called gigantism but in his little village, people think he's a legendary giant come to save them from earthquakes!
Tall Story is the story of a boy with a gigantic identity crisis. Is his life cursed or is he the destined savior of his town in Montalban? He is torn between leaving his home and being one with his family in a foreign land. To get home, he will have to escape the wrath of a witch, a prophecy, and the desperate cry of his people. To survive these, Bernardo will have to ask, from which giant could he draw strength from? Could it be from Bernardo Carpio or from Michael Jordan?
Tall Story is the story of a girl who is on a field goal and is about to take the greatest three-point-shot of her life. Without warning, she loses possession. She then moves from being point guard to providing defense to a brother she has not seen in years. As Andi stands for the jump shot, she will need to ask herself, will she pass the ball to Bernardo or will she grab it to make the shot for herself?
Citation for National Children's Book Award by the Philippine Board of Books for Young People:
This book is for children who expect an author to understand what it takes to be young at a time like this. (The author knows that we only need to show the young what is true and good without the dreariness of a lecture that hides behind literature.) It is for those who appreciate that myth and magic can be woven into tales of identity and acceptance. This book can guide those who struggle with letting go of what is safe and secure to find one's true home.
The author makes the reading of her story an engaging and entertaining experience. She effectively shifts between perspectives, languages, and cultures. She kept the pace steady as the story built itself up and then accelerated it by several notches as it reached its conclusion. At the very least, the book is a page turner that readers would want to be haunted by. Candy Gourlay won the National Children's Book Award because it honored children and readers with a story that deserves to be read over and over again.