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It is 1965, and twelve-year-old Emaline lives on a wheat farm in southern Saskatchewan. Her family has fallen apart. When her beloved dog, Prince, chased a hare into the path of the tractor, she chased after him, and her dad accidentally ran over her leg with the discer, leaving her with a long convalescence and a permanent disability. But perhaps the worst thing from EmalIt is 1965, and twelve-year-old Emaline lives on a wheat farm in southern Saskatchewan. Her family has fallen apart. When her beloved dog, Prince, chased a hare into the path of the tractor, she chased after him, and her dad accidentally ran over her leg with the discer, leaving her with a long convalescence and a permanent disability. But perhaps the worst thing from Emaline's point of view is that in his grief and guilt, her father shot Prince and then left Emaline and her mother on their own.Despite the neighbors' disapproval, Emaline's mother hires Angus, a patient from the local mental hospital, to work their fields. Angus is a red-haired giant whom the local kids tease and call the gorilla. Though the small town's prejudice creates a cloud of suspicion around Angus that nearly results in tragedy, in the end he becomes a force for healing as Emaline comes to terms with her injury and the loss of her father.In the tradition of novels such as Kevin Major's Ann and Seamus and Karen Hesse's Out of the Dust, novelist and poet Pamela Porter uses free verse to tell this moving, gritty story that is accessible to a wide range of ages and reading abilities....

Title : The Crazy Man
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ISBN : 9780888996954
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Number of Pages : 176 Pages
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The Crazy Man Reviews

  • cat
    2019-02-12 14:15

    I read this in elementary school ages ago and just recently saw a book cover that reminded me of this which is what brought me here. I recall this book being so poetic and really excellent. I definitely would recommend this, and I'm going to reread it again soon.

  • Dani
    2019-01-17 09:33

    Poignant and mesmerizing. I think this is the most affecting, original YA book I've read this year.

  • Samira
    2019-02-08 16:27

    The Crazy Man by Pamela PorterA twelve year old girl broke her foot, watched her dad killed her only friend her pet dog right before her eyes and had her father leave her, all in the same day. Her mother and her didn't know where her father went or how they would support themselves and farm without a man figure in their home anymore. Not too far from their house was a mental institute where many unwanted crazy people lived. One day, a crazy man came to help and be the male figure in the girls life, her mother not knowing if he would attack or not, because he is a crazy man and that is a crazy idea, but being completely wrong, the crazy man isn't so crazy after all. (5 Stars)I absolutely loved all of these books and I am so extremely happy I've read them all, I might have to read again and again. Darren Shan is such a brilliant author, where his motif is to keep the reader turning pages and completely erase the words in the story and replace them with brief gory and bloody images. Absolutely my top favorite author.Pamela Porter also has a brilliant mind where she changes my perspective from reading words to viewing images and feeling as if I were in the story with her characters. Throughout the book she gave a brief explanation of what she was writing about and throughout it she explained the theme in every single line, which is to never judge the book by it's cover and always never judge. Beautiful writer.Bec: 241 pagesBlood Beast: 217 pagesThe crazy man: 214 pages

  • Rachel
    2019-02-02 10:42

    Sad, disturbing themes imparted by appealingly poetic prose and etched with slivered glimmers of metamorphic compassion and understanding. A cheerlessly contemplative book. (Minor pet peeve--when the illustrator pays no attention to vivid details. The man on the cover should have flaming red hair.)

  • Sheri
    2019-01-31 08:17

    A wonderful story set in small town Saskatchewan in the 1960's. Written in free verse adds a certain lightness to the sad circumstances in the story line. Would recommend this especially to anyone born and raised on the prairies.

  • Mathew
    2019-01-17 12:39

    What do you think you are, for Chrissake, crazy or somethin'? Well you're not! You're not! You're no crazier than the average asshole out walkin' around on the streets and that's it.One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (McMurphy) Canadian novelist and poet, Pamela Porter, has written a novel in prose which tells the story of a twelve year old Emaline who, after a hideous accident which resulted in the death of her dog and her father’s abandonment, is left with her mother to run the farm in order to survive. With no offer of help from any townspeople, Emaline’s mother reaches out in desperation and enlists the help of Anges: a patient from the local mental hospital. A giant of man with the mind of an innocent boy, Angus’ presence on the farm has a drastic impact on Emaline and the rest of the town for differing reasons. Having read Out of the Dust, The Voyage Of The Arctic Tern, Love That Dog and, more recently,the wonderfulThe Weight of Water I have always enjoyed reading novels in prose. There is something powerful and highly emotive about a story told with limited words and a fluctuating shape and rhythm in the telling. You find yourself drawn to character and setting far quicker and get a sense of place and time which almost draws in your other senses. The story is told from the perspective of Emaline. Having mangled her leg due to a farm accident, she starts off alone with her mother and deeply confused as to why her father has left. Her mother, burdened with the responsibility of sowing the farm’s crops upon a land whose soil is as unforgiving as the weather, falls within herself. It takes the powerful yet deeply tender ‘crazy man’ , Angus, to give the love and care Emaline and her mother have always needed in order for them to live their lives once more. I was immediately drawn to the relationship between Anges and Emaline and how he teaches her to see the beauty and grace in the world that she lost when guilt weighed her down. Equally, it is Anges’ own story or, at least, the unnerving and unsettling backdrop with which Anges inhabits that was interesting. Its 60s setting (like with the Cuckoo’s Nest) means that the world does not yet understand the nature of mental illness and fears those who are labelled with it. With many of the townspeople disliking Anges and threatening Emaline’s mother for sheltering him, you read much not knowing what will happen to him. I enjoyed this story from start to finish and Porter handles Emaline’s struggles well. Although she is the teller of the story, we are not invited to hear all her thoughts instead it is for the reader to reflect on the choices she makes in order to understand how it is that her redemption comes from the kindness and guidance of a crazy man.

  • Kathy
    2019-01-17 16:17

    2016 Pop Sugar Reading Challenge: A book you can finish in a day.A new colleague recommended this book as a read-aloud for my middle school class. He remarked that his class loved it and, after reading it, it's easy to understand why they would. It also makes me happy that stories much like W.O. Mitchell's 'Who Has Seen the Wind' still have their place in 2016. This book was published in 2005, but takes place in 1960s rural Saskatchewan (for all you non-Canadians, this is a prairie province in Canada -- imagine nothing but wheat as far as the eye can see!). In fact, it is only one of two provinces I've yet to visit in my country. Most people who have been to Saskatchewan or who live there will tell you there's not much too see or do -- and maybe that is what is so endearing about this book: its simplicity; its lack of distractions. The author, Pamela Porter, is from New Mexico but immigrated to Canada with her husband whose family tradition of farming in Saskatchewan went back generations. The book was inspired by many of the stories Porter would hear from her husband and his family about their lives on the farm. At the centre of this lyrically written story, is Emaline, a twelve-year-old girl who survives a farming accident. In the aftermath of this tragedy, however, she loses her dog and indirectly, her father. Left with no choice than to move on with the family farming, Emaline's mother hires a man, Angus, from the nearby "mental hospital" to help them out when a neighbour refuses to help her plant anything but wheat. Angus' presence on the farm brings out the worst in some people, but the best in others. Emaline navigates through her loss of her father and her disability by connecting with the people around her, including their hired help, Angus; her teacher, Miss Tollofsen; her friend, Mei Wang and her vice-principal, Mr. Liddle. All unknowingly and quietly teach Emaline the power of love for oneself, one another and all life around us. Free from prejudice, discrimination and hate, these minor characters that Porter has so lovingly and purely brought to life are reflections of the people most of us aspire to be like. I found myself teary-eyed on several occasions. 'The Crazy Man' has so much heart it would be a great loss not to share this book with anyone who needs to renew their faith in the human spirit. A great pick-me-up for any sad day.

  • Beth
    2019-02-03 15:27

    Emaline is a twelve year old girl growing up on a wheat farm in Saskatchewan, Canada. She is an only child with a mother, father, and dog named Prince. One tragic day Emaline’s dog Prince runs behind the tractor that Emaline and her father are riding on in the fields. The dog was furiously chasing a rabbit and Emaline tried to stop him but feel off the tractor. Her foot was severed and could not be repaired. Her father in his grief killed the dog and then left the family for good. Emaline and her mother need to keep up the farm for money so they hire a man named Angus who was previously at the mental institution down the road. Angus and Emaline form a strong friendship and their farm flourishes. This story is realistic fiction told in poetry format. There are no illustrations other then the cover art. The cover art is interesting and engaging due to its mix of photograph, paper cuts, and paint. I would recommend this story for ages 12-18. Some of the ideas such as her father leaving, mental illness, and the death of the dog might be too graphic for some readers. This poetry novel reminded me of the novel Of Mice and Men, these could be read in conjunction with one another in a high school setting. It might be interesting to have students compare Angus and Lenny and the friendships that they had and how they were treated by other towns’ people. Overall I enjoyed the story and felt like the poetry was a nice touch. It was a very quick read which would engage a large amount of students.

  • Emma
    2019-01-20 09:28

    I'm not sure what I really liked about this book. I just found that every day (we read this in class and were limited to only a few pages each day) I wanted to read more. So much more. The book isn't stunningly written. It isn't a complicated piece of fiction. It's simple and true. I think what I really loved about it was Angus. I loved how he seemed like a loyal, great friend. But above all, I wanted to stand up for Angus, stand up against Harry Record and the other people in the town who are convinced he's going to hurt somebody. And I think that's exactly what this book did: it stood up for those who suffer with mental health issues and that these stereotypes and irrational fears around mentally-ill people are completely wrong and unreasonable. I think Pamela Porter is showing her readers - kids who might not understand mental health or fear all mentally-ill individuals - that these people are still people and should be treated as such. My only negative comment on this book is the lack of the thought or appearance of Emaline's father at the end. The book revolves around his absence, and he's not even mentioned in the last pages of the book. I think, at least, Emaline should have thought about him, put him in a balloon and let him fly away like Angus did with his mother.But other than that, this was a great book and it's created one of these rare cases in which I'm actually sad that I've finished a book.

  • Grace
    2019-02-07 10:17

    When I read this book over one and a half year ago, I absolutely loved it. I found it beautiful, finely crafted, and mesmerizing. I would've given it 5 stars. Well, my book tastes have changed over time, and unfortunately, "The Crazy Man" is no longer one of my favorite books.I think the only thing I still enjoyed about this book was Angus. I loved seeing him develop as a character, and I loved his personality and the fact that he sensed people's auras. Also, the setting is quite nice. I really enjoyed the Saskatchewan/prairies feel it had to it.But here was no depth. It was like a one-layered writing. And I felt like Porter didn't portray Emaline's emotions very well. Plus, at the end of the book, it was like Emaline's father was completely forgotten. I mean, it was one of the main subjects of the book, and a the end, nothing was mentioned about Emaline's father. Would he come back? Did he leave permanently? I hate when a question is left unanswered at the end of a book.I wished I could've loved this book like I did before, but it just lost that spark that I felt when I read last time.

  • Cathryn Wellner
    2019-02-02 15:36

    The friend who loaned me this book knew I would find it to be a hopeful story. She was right. In writing that is spare yet evocative, Pamela Porter tells the story of a family in grief, with a father who has abandoned them and a mother determined to hang onto the farm he never really wanted. Emmaline, the child who nearly lost her foot in a farming accident and who lost her dog when her father shot it in a fit of guilt and despair, tells the story through the details of her life.Trouble dogs the characters, including Angus, the mentally challenged man whose farming skills help them save the farm but who endures the prejudice of neighbours sure he is a dangerous pervert. But as they walk through the boulders thrown in their paths, Emmaline and her mother and Angus hang onto their belief in each other and basic human goodness.Porter enters Emmaline's world, giving us a child character who is empathetic, aching and open. It is not easy to keep that child voice, but Porter manages beautifully. I could not put the book down. It is a quick read and one that left a strong impression on me.

  • Jeana Wert
    2019-01-27 11:22

    This was probably one of the best books i have ever read. The beginning of the story was so sad when Emaline's dog ran towards the tractor and in her attempt to save him, she jumped off and sliced her leg wide open. I could really put myself in her shoes because i would have done the same thing. I was so upset when i continued reading that her father shot the dog and killed it, out of anger. After the accident, Emaline's father left her family because he blamed himself for the accident. Emaline's mom hired a man named Angus from the mental hospital to help take care of the farm. I love that she picked him because so many people thought of him as a danger, but they trusted him and gave him a chance. I feel that Angus helped Emaline with accepting her disability. This book really teaches children to accept people no matter what disabilities they entail or no matter what people say about that person. With all of the negative things that went on in this book, there were so many positive messages. Obviously i do not recommend this book for young children, but i definitely recommend it for older children.

  • Thanujan Tharma
    2019-02-01 14:26

    This book is about a girl named Emaline who is a 12 year old girl who works on a farm in Saskatchewan,Canada.1 One day Prince, Emalines dog was chasing a rabbit behind a tractor that Emaline and her father were riding and Emaline tried to stop Prince but she fell off the tractor and her foot almost cut was cut off and couldnt be fixed.2 In sorrow, her father killed Prince and left Emaline and her mother.3 Emalines mother in desperation of help around the farm so they hired a previous mental institution patient named Angus.4 Everyone thinks differently about Angus but Angus and Emaline grow a strong friend shipI picked up this book because the book was in poetry formatI finished the book because it reminded me of the book I read and loved "Libertad" because in Libertad the father leaves Libertad and his family to go work in America. In this story The father leaves in grief.I would recommend this book to the people who read Libertad because they are alike in a way. Also, I would recommend this book to people who like poetry formatted books.

  • Tianna
    2019-01-23 10:23

    I was wary about reading this book....mainly because of it's strange, poetic, layout. Even the first few pages seemed a bit too weird and sort of unrealistic to me....but I really did enjoy it in the end!!I liked the characters and how they learnt and grew. I liked how forgiveness was added in, and that we can learn something from anyone, no matter their social label or...mental capacity...we can learn from them. I really liked that aspect!I enjoyed the main character Emmaline.....she was strong, accepting, and an individual in the face of adversity! I do recommend this book, it was a good read....just don't judge it by the first few pages....!

  • Vicki
    2019-02-01 15:23

    When Emaline saves her dog Prince from being run over by a tractor driven by her father, Emaline foot is nearly cut off in the process. This being the strraw that broke the camels back, her father shoots and kills Prince, the walks away from the farm. In desparation, Emaline mother hires a man from the local mental hospital, everyone intown seems to have an opinion on him and the crop he is plating. Prejudic- Great written in a different form

  • Sandy Brehl
    2019-02-16 14:20

    Set in Canadian wheat farm country, this novel-in-verse begins with a stark and shocking accident, followed by tragic parental decisions, played out in a community of varying attitudes, mainly negative, regarding residents of the nearby mental institute. The verse allows time and space for the characters, relationships, and insights to unfold over the course of several seasons. Memorable and powerful, and timely for anti-bullying awareness discussions.

  • Calista
    2019-02-12 09:34

    What a beautiful book about farming, Saskatchewan, the 60s, mental health, family, and friendship. I can't believe I hadn't read this book before!

  • Maggie
    2019-01-22 14:40

    I LOVE THIS BOOK! In the midst of all of the tragedy that takes place, there are so many positive things children can take from it! I connected this book because I'm a special education major and have a calling to working with people who society calls "different." I love the resilience in this book. MUST READ.

  • Hannah
    2019-02-12 15:20

    Written in poetry, the storyline of Emaline's life after her father leaves the farm is gripping. She wrestles with the question of who is crazy and what makes someone crazy when a resident from the local Mental Institution works for her family. The story allowed me to reflect on the "crazy" people in my life.

  • Rhiannon20
    2019-02-15 15:14

    I liked the plot of this book, the characters were good, the poem format of this book was mildly annoying, but also understandable. I just didn' like what happened to the dad at the end, as I thought he would come back (the book seems to de leaning that way) and was disappointed when he didn't. But it was also good and sad/happy at the end.

  • Megan Mccale
    2019-02-12 12:20

    This book teaches children to accept any person no matter what. Although Angus was shown to be dangerous Emaline and her mother gave him a chance. Angus helped Emaline in so many positive ways. I would recommend this book to older children.

  • CatherineMustread
    2019-01-24 08:26

    Problems on the Canadian prairie after a farm accident changes the dynamics of Emaline's family and community. Written in verse, this book reminded me of Karen Hesse's Out of the Dust. Well done.

  • Alex Levy
    2019-02-02 15:27

    I have read this book twice, In grade 6 and grade 7. Written in poetry format, it was a really fast read. I really enjoyed the story line and I really enjoyed the little girl who the story was about.

  • Jayden Preston-Hopkins
    2019-02-02 08:28

    I remember reading this book in grade school, and I remember the moment I fell in love with both the novel and the hunger to read even more. This book was a very good experience for younger me, and opened my curiosity to books with deeper topics and more challenging aspects.

  • Steffaney Smith
    2019-02-01 14:42

    Bleak Saskatchewan in the sixties; Emmaline suffers a disfiguring farm accident. As if life weren't hard enough for her mother and her, dad feels guilty and leaves. A local mental patient helps plant and harvest...written in verse form. All about acceptance...for herself, from her neighbors, etc.

  • Brittany
    2019-01-31 11:42

    AMAZING book :P

  • Sarah
    2019-01-25 11:19

    My daughter was reading this in her class. I thought I'd give it a read too. I nice book on themes of acceptance, forgiveness, and that introduces mental illness to young readers.

  • Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
    2019-01-30 16:14

    This novel in verse deals with prejudice against the mentally ill in early 1960s Canada.

  • Mrs. Ruigrok
    2019-01-21 12:31

    an amazing read with so many important messages......

  • Tazerthecat
    2019-01-25 09:25