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The Crazy Man

Title

The Crazy Man

Authors

Pamela Porter

Publisher

Groundwood Books

Publication Year

2006

ISBN

9780888996954

Pages

176 pages

Genre

historical

Format

novel

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

It is 1965, and 12-year-old Emaline, living on a wheat farm, must deal with a family that is falling apart. When her dog, Prince, chases a hare into the path of the tractor, she chases after him, and her father accidentally runs over her leg, leaving her with a long convalescence and a permanent disability. Even worse, from Emaline’s point of view, is that in his grief and guilt, her father shoots Prince and leaves 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 children tease and call "the gorilla." Though the small town’s prejudice creates a cloud of suspicion around Angus that nearly results in tragedy, he just may hold the key to Emaline's coming to grips with her injury and the loss of her father.

Grade Level

3-5; 6-8

Lexile Measure

750L

Topic

Family Relationships; Disability and Health; Single parent; Physical disability; Mental illness; single mother; mobility; amputation; paranoia

Main Character

female child

Race/Ethnicities

White

Family Formation

single mother

Awards

Book of the Year Award for Children, 2006, Winner, Early Childhood; Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People, 2006, Winner; Governor General's Literary Awards, 2005, Winner, Children's Literature (Text English); International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) Honor List, 2008, Honour List, English Text; Jane Addams Children's Book Award, 2006, Honor Book, Books For Older Children; Prix TD De Litterature Canadienne Pour L'Enfance et la Jeunesse, 2006, Winner, English Language; Rocky Mountain Book Award, 2007, Winner; Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Award, 2006, Short List, Young Adult and Middle Reader; Sheila A. Egoff Children's Literature Prize, 2006, Finalist; White Ravens Award, 2006, Winner, Canada; Best Children's Books of the Year, 2005 Age (12 and up); Children's Catalog, Nineteenth Edition, 2006; Choices, 2006 Children's Fiction; Middle and Junior High School Library Catalog, Supplement to the Ninth Edition, 2006; Quill & Quire Books of the Year, 2005 Children's Book

Keywords

poor; dead beat dad; farmer; farming life; mental institution; dog; healing; friendship

Diversity Impact

direct

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