Jeannie and the Gentle Giants

By Luanne Armstrong

Jeannie and the Gentle Giants
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Jeannie and the Gentle Giants, a novel for readers eight to fourteen, deals with the problems experienced by children when they are taken from their parents and have to make a new life with foster parents in a new community. In Jeannie's case, the problems begin when her mother ... Read more


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Jeannie and the Gentle Giants, a novel for readers eight to fourteen, deals with the problems experienced by children when they are taken from their parents and have to make a new life with foster parents in a new community. In Jeannie's case, the problems begin when her mother falls ill and can no longer care for her. Taken from her home, placed with foster parents and unable to discover the whereabouts of her ill mother, young Jeannie withdraws into herself and can think only of running away.Gradually her defences are breached by two immensely large and wonderful workhorses and their perceptive and humorous owner. Through the horses and her work on the farm, Jeannie develops new interests, learns to ride and becomes involved in the daily life of the farm, even helping with horse-logging. In turn, Jeannie learns about friendship, love and trust, and ultimately gains the maturity and self-confidence to accept the challenge of becoming herself a care-giver. In this sensitiveand moving story, Luanne Armstrong draws us into a world of pain, growth and fulfilment.

Luanne Armstrong

Luanne Armstrong has written twenty books. She writes young adult books, fiction, nonfiction and poetry. She has contributed to many anthologies and edited a Canadian non-fiction anthology called SLICE ME SOME TRUTH. She has been nominated for or won many awards, including the Moonbeam Award, the Chocolate Lily Award, the Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize, the Red Cedar Award, Surrey Schools Book of the Year Award, the Sheila A. Egoff Children's Literature Prize and the Silver Birch Prize. Luanne presently lives on her farm on Kootenay Lake. Her previous book from Caitlin was THE LIGHT THROUGH THE TREES.

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