I have a confession to make, dear readers. I have never read a Filipino YA book, which for me means a YA book written by a Filipino and at least partly set in the Philippines. I know, ironic, right? I live in the Philippines and I love reading YA novels but I’ve never read a Filipino YA novel. I didn’t even know they existed! I have the wonderful Tarie, the blogger behind Into the Wardrobe and Asia in the Heart, World on the Mind, to thank for opening my eyes. I left a comment in her blog yesterday saying that I would love to read a well-written Filipino YA novel if it exists and she tweeted to say that it does exist and that the launch of the Philippine edition will be later that day. She was talking about Tall Story by Candy Gourlay. I’m so glad that Tarie invited me and that I was able to go to the book launch. She introduced me to bookish people who attended the launch. I am still amazed (and ashamed) at my lack of knowledge of Filipino publications. But I promise to become a better Filipino book blogger by reading more YA books by Filipino authors.
Here’s the summary of the book from the official site:
Andi hasn’t seen her brother for eight years and when he steps off the plane from the Philippines, she cannot believe her eyes. He’s tall. EIGHT FOOT TALL.
But Bernardo is not what he seems. Bernardo is a hero, Bernardo works miracles, and Bernardo has an amazing story to tell.
Please click on the link to check out the book trailer because for some reason, I can’t embed videos from vimeo here on WordPress (I tried searching for ways but couldn’t make it work). The cover on the left is the cover for the Philippine edition published by Cacho Publishing House and it’s special because there are some tidbits that weren’t included in the UK edition, not to mention that it has illustrations. The cover on the right is the UK cover, which has been released already. This book will be released in the US some time next year. I got a copy for myself and asked Candy to sign it and great news for you guys, I have a signed copy that I will give away as soon as I’ve read this book. I’m still in the middle of another book but I will read Tall Story as soon as I’m done.
Also, if you want to know more about the book, Tarie has an interview with Candy which can be found here. To anyone who’s interested, you can now buy Tall Story from The Book Depository, click here. The Philippine edition is available in Powerbooks and National Bookstore branches for P275.