The Crazy Man
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.