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The Pull of the Ocean

by Jean-Claude Mourlevat

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This book was a good read, but could easily be difficult for emerging readers. The multiple points of view make it hard to follow along when there are various narrators. It is a sad story and the reader isn't left with much closure in regards to knowing the outcome for the main characters. ( )
  KassRuiz | Dec 3, 2015 |
Awards: 2007 Mildred L. Batchelder Award Winner, 2007 ALA Notable Children's Book

This book is based on Charles Perrault's "Tom Thumb.” The story is about seven brothers and their adventure. The youngest one is named Yann. He is ten years old, but too small like a two year old. He is the cleverest among his brothers. One night Yann overhears his parents talking; the father Louis tells his wife Marthe that he wants to kill all of the seven boys in the morning. Yann wakes his brothers up on a stormy night and convinces them to leave the farm. Al l the brothers followed him without any question and their journey begins.
The book is well written and the story is well-paced. The characters are enchanting and dynamic. The relationship between brothers is heartwarming, and they protect each other from danger and support one another. It is a first person narrative story and appealing for the age 9-12. It is an open-ended story though and leaves the reader vague and unsatisfied. ( )
  Elham.mkh | Dec 4, 2012 |
Yann, a 10-year-old mute dwarf, is a highly intelligent young boy who unfortunately finds himself being raised by two stupid, abusive parents incapable of fostering their child's potential. It disappoints me how often this is the case in life and I don't know if I'll understand how so few parents are willing to put forth what minimal effort is required to encourage their children with positivity.

Yann lives in poverty with his 6 siblings, composed of 3 sets of twins, and when he overhears his parents talking about 'killing the 7 of them' he decides to escape and lead them all on a quest to reach the ocean.

The story is told from every perspective except Yann's, be it one of his brothers, his parents, the truck driver who gives them all a ride, or the baker that gives them food. It has an interesting effect on the narrative, feeling more personal than a nameless narrator yet now clouding the story with a single person's opinions.

The book apparently parallels a famous English folk tale, Tom Thumb, which I am unfamiliar with unfortunately. It didn't hinder my enjoyment of it, although I suspect some of the intricacies were lost on me. It was a pleasant experience nonetheless. ( )
4 vote Ape | May 30, 2012 |
This book tells the tale of the seven Doutreleau brothers. The main character is Yann, the youngest brother. He is ten years old but is only the size of a two year old. He is also mute, but very smart. After Yann was born his mother disowned him and his father was abusive towards him. So it fell into the hands of his six older brothers to raise him themselves. Out of the seven brothers, Yann is closest to Fabien, who can understand him and knows what he wants through sign language. One night Yann overhears his parents talking, the father Louis tells his wife Marthe that he wants to kill all seven of the boys in the morning. Yann alerts the rest of his brothers and they leave the house in the dead of night in the middle of a thunderstrom.
The book is in the first person narrative as the brothers either meet with other characters, or, the characters watch them from afar.
This is a story of family and siblings and I could really feel the strong bond that the brothers have with each other. Family is important to them and they cherish it deeply. The brothers are either protecting one another from danger, or, working as a team to accomplish their main goal - getting to the ocean where they will be free. This book would be ideal for ages 8-12.
This book has won two awards:
2007 Mildred L. Batchelder Award Winner
2007 ALA Notable Children's Book ( )
  ckalinowski | Dec 4, 2011 |
Pull of the ocean is about a family with 7 boys. All the boys except for Yann, the youngest, are twins. Yann is the special one among his brothers. He's as tiny as a toddler, mute, and brilliant. But these 7 brothers have angry abusive parents. One night Yann hears his parents plotting to do them harm. He warns his brothers and they set off into the dark and stormy night. Yann leads his brothers westward, in the direction of the ocean, while police search for them and their story is all over the media.

Pull of the Ocean is a short, but facinating story. The adventures of Yann and his brothers really pulled me in and kept me reading. Their sad story has you hoping something good happens to them with every page you turn. Pull of the Ocean is one of the best books I have read in quite some time.
  Kirstin2015 | Jan 1, 2011 |
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On a stormy night, little Yann Doutreleau wakes up his six older brothers, all twins. He lets them know that they must flee their home--or risk being killed by their violent father. Without question, the siblings follow Yann into the wet darkness. And so begins their remarkable odyssey toward the ocean--as well as an unforgettable story of brotherhood.

The social worker investigating the Doutreleau family, the truck driver who gives the boys a lift, the police officer who believes they've run away, the baker who gives them bread--each of the many people the seven boys encounter gives a stirring account of what he or she witnesses. The twins themselves add their voices, as do the Doutreleau parents; but not until the end of the journey does little Yann express his reasons for his galvanizing actions.

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Loosely based on Charles Perrault's "Tom Thumb," seven brothers in modern-day France flee their poor parents' farm, led by the youngest who, although mute and unusually small, is exceptionally wise.

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