The Broken Bridge

The Broken Bridge

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by Philip Pullman
     
 

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At 16, Ginny finds that her love of painting connects her to the artistic Haitian mother she never knew and eases the isolation she feels as the only mixed-race teen in her Welsh village. When she learns she has a half-brother by her father's first marriage, her world is shattered. Ginny embarks on a quest for the truth that will allow her to claim her artistic

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At 16, Ginny finds that her love of painting connects her to the artistic Haitian mother she never knew and eases the isolation she feels as the only mixed-race teen in her Welsh village. When she learns she has a half-brother by her father's first marriage, her world is shattered. Ginny embarks on a quest for the truth that will allow her to claim her artistic heritage—and face her father.

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"The emotional truths that Pullman reveals are so heartfelt and raw that they hardly read like fiction."—(starred) Publishers Weekly.

"An intriguing mystery that keeps the reader guessing and turning the pages until the very end."—Horn Book.  

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
PW commented that the author ``deftly interweaves strong themes'' in this ``moving'' tale of a half-black teenager growing up in rural north Wales. Ages 12-up. (Dec.)
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
An outsider in her Welsh village sixteen-year-old Ginny discovers that she has a white half-brother. She then sets out to learn the truth and begins to understand the vague memories of her childhood. This compelling story received a starred review in School Library Journal.
School Library Journal
Gr 7–10—Ginny has always believed that she and her father form a perfect family unit. Though she's curious about her Haitian mother, who passed away soon after Ginny was born, she's content to live an idyllic life with her father in their coastal Wales village. She works at two local restaurants and pursues her passion for drawing in her spare time. Then Ginny receives shocking news: she has a white half-brother, Robert, who is coming to live with them because his mother has died. Ginny and Robert hate each other on sight, but as family secrets start to emerge they begin working together to get the facts. Ginny learns that her father was never married to her mother, but was actually married to Robert's mother. Dim memories of a foster home coincide with the discovery that her father may have been in jail. Most unbelievable of all, Ginny's mother may be alive. Ginny's quest for her identity is inextricably linked to her ethnicity, her feelings of being an outsider in her community where she is one of only two people of color, and her love of art. Though Ginny is remarkably innocent for a 16-year old, overall Philip Pullman's novel (LaurelLeaf, pap. 1994) about family and identity stands the test of time. Mariam Margolyes masterfully voices both female and male characters, though some of the Welsh phrases may confuse listeners. This gentle, moving listen, with a pinch of voodoo, is a welcome change of pace from edgier selections.—Amy Pickett, Ridley High School, Folsom, PA

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780679847151
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
11/28/1994
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
519,296
Product dimensions:
4.25(w) x 6.87(h) x 0.62(d)
Lexile:
780L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Philip Pullman was born in Norwich, England and was brought up in Rhodesia, Australia, London and Wales.  Philip graduated from Oxford University in 1973 with a degree in English, and has taught middle school at Westminter College.  He is the author of many highly-acclaimed books for young readers, from contemporary fiction to Victorian thrillers, and has written plays and picture books for readers of all ages.  Philip's current book, The Golden Compass , has been hailed as "a rich combination of high fantasy, high drama, and intense emotion" by author Lloyd Alexander, and "extraordinary storytelling at it's very best" by the Detroit Free-Press .

Philip currently lives in Oxford with his wife, Judith, and children.  

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Oxford, England
Date of Birth:
October 19, 1946
Place of Birth:
Norwich, England
Education:
Exeter College, Oxford University
Website:
http://www.philip-pullman.com/

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Broken Bridge 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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I am a very avid reader, and I usually do not dislike the books that I read, but this one was terrible. I am a Philip Pullman fan (not big enough to have read everything written by him, but I do like some of his books), but I was extraordinarily disappointed by this book. It was very slow, and very dull. I would NOT recomend this book to anyone looking for a good read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was great. It made you feel like you were one of the main character's friends. This book was not only entertaining but you won't want to put it down.