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by Malachy Doyle

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A Book Sense 76 Children's Pick
A New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age

Get inside the mind of a teenager, horribly damaged as a child, who is struggling to break free from his broken mind.


A Book Sense 76 Children's Pick
A New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age

Get inside the mind of a teenager, horribly damaged as a child, who is struggling to break free from his broken mind.

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“Doyle does an outstanding job of sharing the inner thoughts and feelings of a deeply disturbed young man.” —VOYA
Publishers Weekly
An orphaned 14-year-old transforms from a mute and angry boy who shuns human contact to a young man coming to terms with his past and seeking the company of others. According to PW, "Georgie's uplifting story demonstrates what a few people who genuinely care can do for another human being." Ages 12-up. (May) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
Gr 7-10 Terror, rage, and a total inability to deal with the horrors that life has brought him have left Georgie isolated in the most extreme ways. At 14, he does not speak, cannot read or write, and spends his days alone in a room that has been stripped of anything that he could break or destroy. A new flood of rage occurs when Georgie learns that he is being sent to a different residential home, another change he is ill equipped to handle. Once there, though, he meets Tommo, a teacher with an uncanny ability to reach damaged children, and Shannon, a girl who has begun to heal from the traumas of her own life. The love and acceptance he feels at his new school and permission to grieve for his murdered mother allow him, too, to take steps toward recovery. Narrated by Georgie, with occasional first-person accounts by Shannon, the novel brilliantly takes readers inside a damaged psyche. British terminology and descriptions of the rural Welsh countryside provide an external environment in which the story of an inner journey is rooted. Everyday events such as eating meals with others are fraught with overwhelming emotion in this teen's world, a very real place into which readers are drawn. While both Georgie and Shannon at times sound surprisingly insightful about their problems, on the whole this book is exceptionally well crafted, from its gripping opening to its hopeful conclusion. It's a perfect hand-sell and a book with punch for teens who go for emotionally wrenching fiction. -Faith Brautigam, Gail Borden Public Library, Elgin, IL Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

Bloomsbury USA
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Product dimensions:
5.02(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.42(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Malachy Doyle is the author of many award-winning picture books. His book Tales from Old Ireland was named a 2000 Parents Choice(r) Gold Award and also received the Irish Bisto Award. He writes full time, apart from visiting schools or escaping into the mountains, and his books are available in eleven different languages. Malachy has been married for 22 years and has three children: Naomi, Hannah, and Liam. He lives in Wales.

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Georgie 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this in one sitting. It was really good. Each page left you wanting more and wanting to know what happened next. It's a good short read. By the end of the book your just hoping and wanting Georgie to get well and better again. You see his pain and get to know him like he's one of your friends. The relationship he makes with the nurses & councilors is intriging too.