Radiance Descending by DK
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Five years separate Paul form his younger brother, Jacob, about whom Paul is trying not to think. For him, Jacob is unthinkable, a pumpkin face smiling wildly form the window as Paul, 11, stomps off toward his school bus. Grandpa says of such children with Down syndrome, "There is no war in them." But of Paul there is war every day, and Jacob, it seems, is the whole reason. With meticulous tenderness, this story gentles Paul out of his rage at a family situation he can't control. Jacob has a surprising, public world of his own which Paul comes to know when he least wants to see it. But once seen, that world--of friends like the newspaper vendor on the corner, of kindness such as Jacob inspires everywhere--cannot be denied. Slowly, dramatically Paul begins to let the light of Jacob's presence in the family stream into his brightening view of the world.
 

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Paula Fox was born April 22, 1923 in New York City. When she was eight, she moved to a Cuban plantation and stayed for two years. In Cuba, she went to a one-room school with eight other students who ranged in age from six to fourteen. Fox attended nine schools before she was twelve. She spent 3 years at Columbia University but didn't graduate. Fox didn't start writing until she started a job teaching troubled children. Before that she worked in a wide variety of jobs. At sixteen, she was reading books for Warner Brothers, including Spanish novels. She was also a salesgirl, a model, a worker in a rivet-sorting shop, and lastly a lathe operator at the Bethlehem Steel during World War II. She wrote her first adult novel, Poor George, while she was living in Greece with her family followed by Maurice's Room, her first children's book. Fox is best known for her children's books, such as The Slave Dancer, which earned her a Newbery Medal and a Hans Christian Andersen Award in 1984. Her adult novels include The Widows Children, A Servant's Tale, and The God of Nightmares, and News from the World: Stories and Essays.
 
Published September 15, 1997 by DK CHILDREN. 112 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Fox (The Eagle Kite, 1995, etc.) offers acute psychological insight into a boy's feelings of anger and rejection, fears about what his classmates will think, and his loss of ``normal'' family life when his brother, who has Down syndrome, is born.

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Newbery Medal winner Fox tells a perceptive, sensitive story about pre-teenager Paul Coleman, who is idolized by his Down's syndrome brother, Jacob. The novel opens just before Jacob's seventh birthda

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In a starred review, PW said, ""Newbery Medal-winner Fox tells a perceptive, sensitive story about a preteen-ager who is idolized by his Down's syndrome brother."" Ages 10-up.

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and at the mere thought of leaving his friends, ""his heart gripped inside his chest."" All Paul wants to do is forget the babyish jabber and ""gross"" table manners of his brother who ""wasn't made right."" But then Dad asks Paul to give up Saturday mornings to chaperone Jacob downtown for his a...

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