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Groundwood Books

The Crazy Man

Written by Pamela Porter

For students in grades 4 - 7 | Published July 31, 2005 | ISBN 9781554980550
JUVENILE FICTION / Family / Marriage & Divorce

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Regular price $9.95 CAD

176 pages
Digital Format

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About this book

The Crazy Man

Pamela Porter

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.

About the Author

Pamela Porter

Pamela Porter is an award-winning author who lives in Sidney, British Columbia. Follow Pamela Porter on Twitter:

Awards and Praise
  • Winner Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People, 2006
  • Winner Texas Institute of Letters Friends of the Austin Public Library Award for Best Y, 2005
  • Winner TD Canadian Children's Literature Award, 2006
  • Winner Manitoba Young Reader's Choice Award, 2007
  • Winner CLA Book of the Year for Children Award, 2006
  • Winner Hackmatack Award, 2007
  • Winner Governor General's Literary Awards: Text, 2005
  • Winner Rocky Mountain Book Award, 2007
  • Winner OLA Golden Oak Award, 2007