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Herman by Lars Saabye Christensen
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Herman (1988)

by Lars Saabye Christensen

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Told from the perspective of Herman, an independently spirited child suffering from hair loss. The story covers his and others reactions to this in an good-humoured way, but with undercurrents of bullying, family and financial strains, and loss. Whilst a good book, the author's A Half Brother takes the space to expand a similar-feeling story over a longer time period and in more emotional depth. Having read A Half Brother, this feels a little like a rehearsal, but is no less enjoyable for that. ( )
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Sometimes in the smallest of boys, there beats the biggest of hearts. Eleven-year-old Herman is a normal boy. He's just starting to notice girls and, in turn, be noticed by them. He is not that different from other boys, until the day he wakes up to discover that he's losing his hair... all of it. Presented with this dilemma, Herman uses his fertile imagination and a comical viewpoint on life to navigate his way through the rough seas commonly known as growing up. In the process, he manages to teache everyone he knows something about friendship, courage, acceptance - and love.… (more)

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