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The Crazy Man

Pamela Porter's novel won the Governor General's Literary Award for young people's literature in 2005.

Pamela Porter

Twelve-year-old Emaline lost her leg in an accident and also lost her father, who fled with grief. Feeling isolated as a result of the injury, Emaline builds an unexpected friendship with her family's farmhand: the gentle giant Angus, who is a patient at the local mental hospital and gossiped about by their neighbours. The Crazy Man won the 2005 Governor General's Literary Award for young people's literature and the 2006 TD Canadian Children's Literature Award.

The Crazy Man is for readers ages 8 and up.

From the book

Half the town's driving past our farm

today, churning up dust on the road

just to stare at a man

driving a tractor.


I've gone upstairs to my room.

Going to try to figure out

this whole big mess.


The Saskatchewan sun's pouring down

in a bright rectangle

on my floor, and dust

is dancing in the sunlight.


From The Crazy Man by Pamela Porter ©2005. Published by Groundwood Books.