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Annotation: What is it like to be a giant? Meet Corinthia Bledsoe. Over seven feet tall and with a newfound ability to sense future events, Corinthia is far more than just another Midwestern high-school junior; she's a force of nature.
Catalog Number: #155830
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
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Publisher: Candlewick Press
Copyright Date: 2018
Edition Date: 2018
Pages: 402 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-7636-6756-0
ISBN 13: 978-0-7636-6756-6
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2018936977
Dimensions: 20 cm.
Language: English
Reviews:
ALA Booklist
Corinthia Bledsoe's gigantism first manifested when she was 11. Now a junior at Lugo Memorial High School, whip-smart Corinthia stands a towering seven-foot-four. To top it off, lately she's been cursed with ominous premonitions d they're coming true. Billy Ball, meanwhile, is a freshman at Corinthia's southern Illinois school. His father recently passed away, his mother's hair is falling out in thick clumps, and he's chronicling it all in his diary, named "Dave." Billy's also compiling a list of those who have thrown him "shade" d it's growing. Rapp interweaves these narratives and several others brother's disappearance, a torrent of mysteriously scrawled FUMs, wolves lurking at the town's border to a provocative balancing act. It doesn't always work; the ever-fluctuating kid and adult POVs make it upsettingly bewildering where Rapp's sympathies lie, and the book's stereotype-dependent central relationship doesn't always ring true. Still, elsewhere, Rapp's knack for chilling realism and John Irvingesque absurdism produces moments of sheer hilarity, sharp insight, and devastating emotion. Readers seeking a dark fairy tale of grotesque, gigantic proportions better buckle up: this is a wild one.
Kirkus Reviews
A teen has prophetic visions.Sixteen-year-old Corinthia sees in her mind—correctly—that three tornadoes will hit Lugo, Illinois, ripping the roof off her high school's field house and leaving a cow behind. Frantic to warn everyone, she breaks a classroom door only to be violently tackled by the staff. She's suspended largely because of everyone's discomfort with her: she's 7 feet 4 inches tall, with a "Paul Bunyanesque skull" and teeth "as long, wide, and dimpled as dominoes." While the text frames others as unsavory too, Corinthia's explicitly "grotesque," belying a feeble claim that she is a "beauty"; indeed she has hands like "fish-belly white slabs" and nosebleeds that look like her face is menstruating—a "very large, crazy monster person." Her 287 pounds supposedly breaks not one but two toilets and necessitates a new one built from custom materials, which is simply and gratuitously inaccurate. Several nihilistic plot threads wind bleakly around Corinthia, involving a white boy with a "disturbing" Native American fixation who is initially presented as a potential school-shooter threat but then pivots unexpectedly and tragically; variously disfigured children; and an actual traveling freak show. A brother disappears, unexplained; Corinthia, who's white, develops a relationship with a "grown-ass," dying black criminal who calls himself a "nigga," speaks in dialect, and emits "a faint animal fragrance."A meandering, dehumanizing tale characterized by a tenacious abhorrence of the body. (Fiction. 14-adult)
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Reading Level: 7.0
Interest Level: 9-12

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What is it like to be a giant? Meet Corinthia Bledsoe, a seven-foot tall high-school junior who can predict the future.

Over seven feet tall and with a newfound ability to sense future events, Corinthia Bledsoe is far more than just another Midwestern high-school junior; she’s a force of nature. When she predicts with terrifying accuracy the outcome of a tornado that will hit her high school, leaving a cow standing midcourt in the Lugo Memorial field house, Corinthia finds herself at the epicenter of another kind of storm entirely. And as things get stranger and stranger — both in her small town and her own home — lives start to intersect in ways even Corinthia can’t foresee.


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