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A Corner of the Universe

  Martin, Ann M.


Publisher: Scholastic Press
Number of Pages: 189
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Genres:

Realistic fiction

Material Type/Location:

Junior High Fiction

Reading Level:

4-5
6-8

Awards:

Newbery Honor
Voice of Youth Award Nominee

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Why I liked this title:

Hattie is twelve years old and has her own built-in sense of what's important--she is quite an individual. She enjoys talking with people of all ages in her neighborhood, especially the boarders that live with Hattie and her mom and dad. She doesn't even want to go to summer camp like her friends. But this summer Hattie finds out something that shocks her--she has an uncle that her family has never told her about, and he's a young man. Her parents quietly explain that Adam has been living at a special school, due to "mental" problems. He has been sent back home to live with Hattie's grandparents, but Hattie is the only one who finds him fun to be with. Adam's limitations allow Hattie to see beyond the corners of her small town without physically leaving it, and gives her a deeper understanding of friendship, family, and her own special place in the world. This book is beautifully written, and you will remember Hattie and Adam for long time after you read it.

Reviewed by: Jan Watkins on 3/17/2004

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