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A Corner of the Universe
A Corner of the Universe
Author: Ann Martin
The summer Hattie turns 12, her predictable small town 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 immedia...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780439388818
ISBN-10: 0439388813
Publication Date: 1/1/2004
Pages: 208
Reading Level: Young Adult
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4.1 stars, based on 43 ratings
Publisher: Scholastic
Book Type: Paperback
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This book has such a great message and it really is a great book.
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I LOVED this story - bought it for my jr. high classroom but really enjoyed it as an adult. I cannot recommend it enough!
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I saw that one of my friends read this book, so I decided to check it out. I love Ann M. Martin, she is one of my favorite authors, so before I even started reading this, I knew I would like it. It's heartwarming and an amazing story.

This eleven year old girl (soon to be twelve) named Hattie lives in a boardinghouse with her family. She wakes up early, does her chores, and then reads or does whatever else she feels like doing. Up until the day she realizes she has an uncle Adam, that she never knew about. He randomly comes into her life, but she becomes best friends with him.

Adam has a mental problem, but it's not as obvious as some people would think it was. He was always smiling and happy and a loud, fun, outgoing human being. He was twenty one years old, but had a children's heart. Hattie helps him a lot and is a better friend to him than anyone. Adam constantly quotes I Love Lucy and most people don't catch on to that. Hattie then goes to the carnival and meets a new friend, Leila. She then takes Adam to meet Leila, who's family is the circus people.

One day Hattie convinces Adam to sneak out of his house and come to the carnival with her and Leila. He never rode the rides before this event because he was scared, but this night they convinced him to, and it's a night Hattie will never forget.

This book was amazing and made me realize that so many people really do judge someone, even if they have a mental disorder. It's upsetting but it shows a true heart and a truly good person.
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The book's plot was simple enough, but I found it to be a little boring for my taste. I love Ann Martin's "A Dog's Life" though.