The Crazy Man

The Crazy Man

Book - 2005
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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 with the machine, 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.
Publisher: Toronto : Groundwood Books, c2005
ISBN: 9780888996947
0888996942
Branch Call Number: J POR
Characteristics: 214 p. ;,20 cm

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cfgarside Jun 16, 2014

Excellent book by local author Pamela Porter. A sensitive handling of personal misfortune and resulting disability, mental health issues, and racism, all in one heart-squeezing read. I loved this book even as an adult and often re-read it. It is a book I will have my son read when he's a teenager, not only for its beauty and quality, but also because I think it will help with his development of compassion and empathy towards others.

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Navichanx3
Sep 30, 2012

Adore the way this book was written --in free verse. I must admit, this was the most beautiful and touching book I have ever read.

this book is really good I feel sorry for Angus

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MonkeyFace16
Mar 24, 2011

The crazy man is a really good book so far but it is really sad because everyone is avoiding Angus.

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kateelizab
Dec 20, 2010

Great book! Loved the characters and the format it was writing in, it makes this book unique. This is my favourite book. I think its one of those hidden secrets, not many people know about it but its an amazing book.

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Phibian
Feb 10, 2010

Beautifully written with deep emotion. This book made me cry.

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Mum_of_2
Nov 02, 2009

I loved this book!

RockCastle Aug 15, 2009

The Book was presented in Free Verse and also received GG's award.

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Aim_for_peace
Aug 15, 2009

A beautiful story about people who need each other finding each other

samdog123 May 15, 2009

Emaline survives a terrible farm accident. Her father leaves shortly after, leaving Em and her mother alone on the farm until Angus, the Crazy Man comes to help out. A tender story that will touch your heart.

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Mar 24, 2012

On the wall behind her mattress, Emaline crosses off each day since her enormous loss – the day she critically injured her leg in a farm accident, leading her father to shoot her beloved dog and abandon her family. Unable to manage the farm on her own, Emaline’s mother hires Angus, a patient from the local mental hospital, to help work the fields. Small-town fear, suspicion and prejudice surround him wherever he goes, but as Angus finds a place in their family, soon Emaline is crossing off the days since his arrival rather than marking time since Cal Bitterman’s departure.

The story is told in Emaline’s natural, unassuming voice, giving the impression of reading an undated journal as she quietly shares her emotions and a clear perspective on those around her. The reader is introduced to a rich cast of characters: Emaline’s resourceful mother Clarice, learning to take risks and walking the line between her own prejudices, needs and experience; their neighbor Harry Record, a dangerous, ignorant bully; and Emmie’s teacher Miss Tollofsen, who encourages Emaline’s artistic talent and emphasizes the importance of each day being a fresh start.

In the end, the gentle truths about Angus that Emaline has been learning become evident to the entire community through an incident that weighs fear and hatred against the beauty of a simple heart. Teens that have unjustly been treated as objects of suspicion will rejoice as Angus is finally seen, and accepted, for whom he really is. This thoughtful novel chronicles not only the healing journey of a clear-eyed and likeable young woman, but the growth of her community as they move past the universal fear of the unknown.

EPLPicks_Teen Mar 13, 2010

Friendship with a mentally ill man helps 11-year-old Emaline cope with being fatherless and injured in a farm accident as well as the death of her dog. Grade 5 - 8

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WGTaylor Feb 09, 2012

WGTaylor thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 9 and 12

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