The Great Man's Secret

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Scribner, 1989 - Juvenile Fiction - 166 pages
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When fourteen-year-old Jerry, a student reporter, tries to interview elderly Paul Bernard, a truculent legless recluse and the most brilliant novelist in the world, the visit breaks Bernard's case of writer's block and sends him down the long road after past memories he has been keeping locked away.

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This story is about a fourteen year old Jerry who has a mind of his own. As part of his school newspaper he has been asked to interview Paul Bernard, the famous writer, who turned down the Nobel prize for literature. Jerry is not very studious and is not a great reader and he has never heard of Paul Bernard. Jerry loves to ride his bike and he agrees to work on this mainly because he will get to ride his bike. Jerry's parents are very affectionate but his Mom Amy has to move to Chicago as she is unable to find a job in Santa Juana. Jerry understands that his Mom has to leave but he also misses her. This story talks about how Jerry deals with the loss and how he hangs around Santa Juana to support his Dad. Paul Bernard runs into a writer's block and how the interview with Jerry heals both Jerry and Bernard is what the story is about. A great novel. 


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