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A Corner of the Universe
2003 Newbery Medal Honor Book
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On the heels of her acclaimed novel BELLE TEAL, bestselling and beloved author Ann M. Martin presents a searing story about family ties and how they bind us.
The summer Hattie turns 12, her predictable smalltown life is turned on end when her uncle Adam returns home for the first time in over ten years. Hattie has never met him, never known about him. He's been institutionalized; his condition invovles schizophrenia and autism.
Hattie, a shy girl who prefers the company of adults, takes immediately to her excitable uncle, even when the rest of the family — her parents and grandparents — have trouble dealing with his intense way of seeing the world. And Adam, too, sees that Hattie is special, that her quiet, shy ways are not a disability,
Twelve-year-old Hattie learns that living life fully means facing both the good times and the bad upon the closing of her Uncle Adam's "school"--an institution for the mentally disabled.
Now that her Uncle Adam's "school"--an institution for the mentally disabled--is closing, Hattie's family must deal with a childlike young man whose existence they've denied for years.
During the summer that Hattie Owen turns 12, she meets her Uncle Adam--whom no one has ever spoken about. Now that his "school"--an institution for the mentally disabled--is closing, Hattie's family must deal with a childlike young man whose existence they've denied for years.
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