A Corner of the Universe by Ann M. Martin

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Ann Martin's phenomenal Newbery Honor book, now in paperback

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,
 

About Ann M. Martin

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Ann M. Martin, 1955 - Ann Mathews Martin was born on August 12, 1955 in Princeton, New Jersey. She graduated from Smith College and worked as a teacher, was an editor of children's books for both Bantam and Scholastic, and then became a full time writer. Martin is the author of the well-known Baby-sitters Club books. She has also written other children's books, which include the title "Ten Kids, No Pets." She bases her characters, in part, on individuals in her own life; and the shy babysitter Mary Anne, is partially based on herself. She created a new series for middle grade readers called California Diaries, which follows Dawn of The Baby-sitters Club, after she moves to California.
 
Published March 1, 2013 by Scholastic Inc.. 218 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A 12-year-old girl had been anticipating a summer as comfortably uneventful as all the others—until her uncle with "mental problems" makes a surprise entrance, turning everything upside-down.

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Hattie soon believes that she and Adam are kindred spirits and she grows to treasure his company, even though the townsfolk treat Adam like a freak.

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Hattie's mother says that Uncle Adam has "mental problems."

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In this 2002 Newbery Honor book, twelve-year-old Hattie Owen meets her Uncle Adam, a mentally disabled man who has been living in an institution that recently lost its funding.

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