Combines wry humour and profound comment on cultural identity ... convincing, witty and poignant story about difference, assimilation and family dynamics.

Kirkus Starred Review

... An impressively sweet and rich tale

The Times

An enchantingly original story.

50 Best Diverse Children's Books

Quirky, unusual and filled with affectionate humour.

The Sunday Times 100 Best Books

A feel-good tale ... making use of Philippine superstitions and legends, the novel brings magic to a down-home story of earthquakes and sibling love.

The Bookseller

Convincing, witty and poignant story about difference, assimilation and family dynamics.

What you wish is not always what you get even when your wishes come true.

A story about magic, culture clash and basketball.

Book trailer above created by Armand Quimpo, voice overs by Mia Gourlay and Andrew Lewis. Illustration above by Sarah McIntyre. Cover illustration by David Dean


Tall Story's audiobook was released by Listening Library in 2012, with Ramon de Ocampo as Bernardo and Jayne Entwistle as Andi. Check out this interview with producer, Janet Stark about its making.

Andi desperately hopes her long lost half brother Bernardo will be as mad on basketball as she is. But when he steps off the plane from the Philippines, she cant believe her eyes. How did he get to be EIGHT FOOT TALL? An eight-foot-tall boy who is about to crash into her life with his size 22 feet. But Bernardo is not what he seems. Bernardo is a hero, Bernardo works miracles, and Bernardo has an amazing story to tell. A bittersweet story, funny, sad and magical...


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children's author

Candy Gourlay.

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