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The Orange Girl
     

The Orange Girl

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by James Anderson
 

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'My father died eleven years ago. I was only four then. I never thought I'd hear from him again, but now we're writing a book together'

To Georg Røed, his father is no more than a shadow, a distant memory. But then one day his grandmother discovers some pages stuffed into the lining of an old red pushchair. The pages are a letter to Georg, written just

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'My father died eleven years ago. I was only four then. I never thought I'd hear from him again, but now we're writing a book together'

To Georg Røed, his father is no more than a shadow, a distant memory. But then one day his grandmother discovers some pages stuffed into the lining of an old red pushchair. The pages are a letter to Georg, written just before his father died, and a story, 'The Orange Girl'.

But 'The Orange Girl' is no ordinary story - it is a riddle from the past and centres around an incident in his father's youth. One day he boarded a tram and was captivated by a beautiful girl standing in the aisle, clutching a huge paper bag of luscious-looking oranges. Suddenly the tram gave a jolt and he stumbled forward, sending the oranges flying in all directions. The girl simply hopped off the tram leaving Georg's father with arms full of oranges. Now, from beyond the grave, he is asking his son to help him finally solve the puzzle of her identity.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
A modern fairytale—HEAT

It should be read by all—VOGUE

A whimsical, thought-provoking story, with more than one surprise in store—GOOD BOOK GUIDE

KLIATT
Fifteen-year-old Georg is more than surprised when his grandparents bring him a manuscript from his father, who died 11 years ago when Georg was still a toddler. Living now with his mother, stepfather and baby sister, Georg locks himself in his bedroom to read the document. What follows is a story about his father and the Orange Girl, so named because the first time his father is attracted to her, she is carrying bags of oranges. The story of the Orange Girl is the story of first love. Georg's father is 19 years old when he tells his tale directly to the son he'll never see grow up. There is a bit of obsession as he looks for the girl in crowds and a bit of mystery in his attempts to find out who she is. For Georg, there is a look into the personality of a father he barely remembers. Threaded through the story of first love is information regarding the Hubble telescope and its "eye on the universe," which leads to a philosophical inquiry about human existence and the short amount of time humans have to spend on Earth. The novel is more about contemplating questions about life than answering them. Set in Norway, with references to people, places and events there and in Europe, the novel is translated into British English and some vocabulary may be quirky for the average American reader. KLIATT Codes: S—Recommended for senior high school students. 2004, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, dist. by Trafalgar Square, 151p., Ages 15 to 18.
—Janis Flint-Ferguson
Children's Literature
Georg Reed barely remembers his father. Eleven years after his father's death, Georg's family discovers a letter tucked in Georg's old pram. Georg's father wrote the letter to Georg when he knew that he was going to die soon. Georg begins to read the letter and is soon captivated by his father's story of a woman known as the Orange Girl. Georg's father met her on a bus when he was in medical school and she had bags of oranges. Georg keeps reading the letter, as desperate to discover the identity of this strange woman as his father was years before. Georg is also intrigued with his father's interest in the Hubble telescope, an interest Georg shares. As Georg reads further, he discovers many things about a man who, until now, has been a complete stranger. Garrder's story is a modern fairy tale. Gaarder takes the most ordinary happenings and writes about them in a magical way, creating a truly refreshing tale. 2004, Weidenfeld and Nicolson, Ages 12 up.
—Amie Rose Rotruck

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780753819920
Publisher:
Phoenix
Publication date:
10/28/2005
Edition description:
New
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.75(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

Jostein Gaarder is the author of SOPHIE'S WORLD, a huge bestseller in over 40 countries. He was born in Oslo in 1952 and lives there now with his wife and two teenage sons.

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