The Giant-Slayer

The Giant-Slayer

By Iain Lawrence; Lain Lawrence

Yearling Books, Paperback, 9780440239710, 304pp.

Publication Date: January 10, 2012

"A girl's imagination transports polio-afflicted kids into a fantastic world."
The spring of 1955 tests Laurie Valentine's gifts as a storyteller. After her friend Dickie contracts polio and finds himself confined to an iron lung, Laurie visits him in the hospital. There she meets Carolyn and Chip, two other kids trapped inside the breathing machines. Laurie's first impulse is to flee, but Dickie begs her to tell them a story. And so Laurie begins her tale of Collosso, a rampaging giant, and Jimmy, a tiny boy whose destiny is to become a slayer of giants.
As Laurie embellishes her tale with gnomes, unicorns, gryphons, and other fanciful creatures, Dickie comes to believe that he is a character in her story. Little by little Carolyn, Chip, and other kids who come to listen, recognize counterparts as well. Laurie's tale is so powerful that when she's prevented from continuing it, Dickie, Carolyn, and Chip take turns as narrators. Each helps bring the story of Collosso and Jimmy to an end changing the lives of those in the polio ward in startling ways.

"From the Hardcover edition.

About the Author
Iain Lawrence is the author of numerous acclaimed novels for young people, including "The Convicts," "The Cannibals," "B for Buster," "The Lightkeeper's Daughter," "Lord of the Nutcracker Men," "Ghost Boy," and the High Seas Trilogy: "The Wreckers," "The Smugglers," and "The Buccaneers," The author lives in Gabriola Island, B.C..

Praise For The Giant-Slayer

Review, The Wall Street Journal, December 5, 2009:
"Young Readers...will not quickly forget this moving, imaginative glimpse of the not-so-long ago past."

Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, November 16, 2009:
"Distinctive, emotionally honest characters and consistently engrossing prose make this book a standout."

Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, October 16, 2009:
"This profound, magical, dryly comical novel reminds readers of the power of story, but they will already be feeling it in their bones. Masterful."