211: Donate a 5-CD audiobook of Tall Story by Candy Gourlay to a Sambat Trust school library

Tall Story Listening Library Audiobook by Candy GourlayITEM: Candy Gourlay, whose book Tall Story is required reading in Grade 7 in the Philippines, supports the Sambat Trust, a small charity that builds beautiful school libraries in deprived schools south of Manila. Donate a copy of Candy’s audiobook Tall Story to a Sambat Trust library. You will receive confirmation and photographs of the school receiving the audiobook RRP £33.

SYNOPSIS: Basketball-mad Andi thinks she has big problems until she meets her long-lost brother Bernardo who is tall … but not just tall – a giant. Bernardo is eight feet tall. He suffers from a disease called gigantism but in his little village, people think he’s a legendary giant come to save them from earthquakes!

BIO: Candy Gourlay is a Filipino author based in London. Her book Tall Story, set both in the Philippines and London, was nominated for the Carnegie Medal in 2011. It has won the Crystal Kite Prize for Europe and the National Children’s Book Award of the Philippines and was shortlisted for 13 prizes. Her new book is a ghost story called SHINE.

About Candy Gourlay

Growing up in the Philippines, Candy Gourlay wondered why all the books she'd ever loved didn't resemble her steamy, tropical home in Manila. As a result, it took her years to fulfil her dream of becoming an author – and years to learn that Filipino stories, too, belong in the pages of books. Her latest novel is BONE TALK, set in 1899 and told from the point of view of a boy from a headhunting village during the US invasion of the Philippines. She has just published her first picture book, IS IT A MERMAID – about a dugong who thinks she's a mermaid. Candy's other novels, TALL STORY and SHINE, have been listed for many prizes in the United Kingdom such as the Carnegie Medal and the Guardian Children's Book Prize. Both novels won the Crystal Kite Prize for Europe and Tall Story was awarded the National Children's Book Award in the Philippines.


  1. I would LOVE to do this! £50

  2. Gosh Shelley, thank you. It will be amazing for children whose second language is English to have the story dramatised for them.

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