Gil Marsh

Gil Marsh

by A.C.E. Bauer
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Gil Marsh by A.C.E. Bauer

Good looking, athletic, and smart, Gill Marsh is the most popular kid at Uruk High School, even though he is only a junior. When Enko, a new kid from Montreal, shows up, Gil is wary. Yet Enko is easy going and matches Gil's athletic prowess without being a threat. Soon, the two become inseparable friends, practicing, studying, and double-dating.

Then suddenly, to everyone's shock, Enko succombs to an aggressive cancer.

When Enko's parents take his body and return to Canada, Gil is unable to even say good bye. He is inconsolable. Determined to find Enko's grave, Gil sneaks away and heads north.

Closely based on the ancient story of Gilgamesh, the Sumerian King from 3000 BC, A. C. E. Bauer has carefully woven the classic elements of myth to follow Gil's quest and explore the grief and growth of a young man.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780375983115
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 02/28/2012
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 192
File size: 3 MB
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

A. C. E. BAUER has always been infatuated with the classics, and has been telling stories ever since she could talk (some were real whoppers). After learning how to write, she began handing them out as gifts to her family. Ms. Bauer took a break from writing for a while when she was a lawyer helping poor people, writing legal briefs and telling stories about her clients. She has returned to fiction and now writes for children of all ages. Born and raised in Montreal, she spends most of the year in Cheshire, Connecticut, and much of the summer on a lake in Quebec. She lives with her husband, two children, and their dog Speedy. Learn more at

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Gil Marsh 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Result 1 ~ Bios <br>Result 2 ~ Map <br>Result 3 ~ Main Camp <br>Result 4 ~ Leader's Den <br>Result 5 ~ Warriors' Den[just go there, I won't post WARRIORS' DEN; if I get locked out, I can report there.] <br>Result 6 ~ Apperentices' Den[Look up and see why I'm not posting APPERRNTICES' DEN.] <br>Result 7 ~ Elders's Den <br>Result 8 ~ Nursery[not posting NURSERY.] <br>Result 9 ~ Medicine Den <br>Result 10 ~ Training Grounds[not posting TRAINING GROUNDS.] <br>Result 11 ~ Moonpool <br>Result 12 ~ Moonstone[a back-up of Moonpool.]
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
I really, really wanted to like this book. A modern retelling of the epic of Gigamesh? What a neat idea! I teach sixth grade social studies (ancient history to the Renaissance) and am always looking for ways to bring the older stories to life for my students. I hadn't run into any modern versions of this story yet, and was pretty excited. Initially the novel did have promise, but it never truly delivered on it. For one thing, I never felt as if I really connected to the characters. I didn't find myself really caring all that much about either Gil or Enko or what was going to happen to them. For the most part I kept reading because at first hoped it would get better and later on I figured well, I've gotten this far, so I might as well soldier on...and then, bam! It was over. Can you say anticlimactic? It really didn't leave the reader with a sense of completion, and Gil definitely doesn't reach anything near the epiphany that the original character in the epic does. Another aspect of the book that I wasn't crazy about was the style of writing. There were far too many short, choppy sentences within short, choppy chapters. One thing I did like, though, was the sprinkling of French Canadian throughout--that was pretty neat, and Gil's attempts to pronounce them (cleverly showing the reader how to say a lot of the phrases) was a nice touch. And how many books have characters enjoying poutine in them? Not nearly enough! (Yes, it does sound and look pretty gross. But oh my goodness, it is delicious! Its inclusion alone is almost worth two stars!) In all, it was an okay read and one I have already mentioned to my classes. It definitely won't go in my &quot;to be re-read&quot; pile, though.