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The Orange Girl


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All of Jostein Gaarder's titles have achieved superb sales in Phoenix paperback. SOPHIE'S WORLD has now sold over a million copies in the UK trade alone In Norway this has been the bestselling book by Jostein Gaarder since Sophie's World, outselling all the other titles This is what Jostein Gaarder does best - a sophisticated fairy tale that can be read by adults and teenagers alike. The perfect crossover novel. 'A whimsical, thought-provoking story, with more than one surprise in store' Good Book Guide 'It should be read by all' Vogue 'A modern fairytale' Heat

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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.


Gr 6-9-The Norwegian author of Sophie's World (Penguin, 1996) and other chewy tales pops a Big Question here, but the leisurely way he prepares readers for it may lose most of them. Fifteen-year-old Georg is stunned to receive a long-hidden letter from his father, who died of cancer 11 years previously. It's a loving, romantic missive to the future, in which his dad not only describes how he met and fell utterly in love with Georg's mother, but also lyrically expresses an intense appreciation for the universe's wonders: common oranges, distant stars, the "great fairytale" in which he feels himself to be living, and, most especially, little Georg. Already knowing that he's about to die, at last he asks whether it would have been better to have spared himself the pain of losing it all so soon by never having lived-a question he invites his son (and readers) to consider, too. As he reads, Georg intersperses reactions and remarks about his own life, deliberately creating a collaborative story that draws together previously unsuspected connections with his barely remembered parent. He closes with his Answer; readers who get that far will be left to mull over their own.-John Peters, New York Public Library Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

A whimsical, thought-provoking story, with more than one surprise in store - GOOD BOOK GUIDEIt should be read by all - VOGUEA modern fairytale - HEAT

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