From the author of the popular Babysitter's Club series and Belle Teal, which was named the best book of 2001 by Publishers Weekly and Child Magazine. Hattie Owen enjoys the familiarity of her small-town life, but during the summer when she turns 12, her world is turned upside down with the arrival of an uncle 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. And she experiences a summer that expands her world in the most unpredictable ways. "Hearts will go out to both Hattie and Adam as they step outside the confines of their familiar world to meet some painful challenges."-Publishers Weekly, starred review "Martin's voice for Hattie is likable, clear, and consistent; her prose doesn't falter. A solid, affecting read."-Kirkus Reviews "Wonderfully real characters and an engrossing plot...?vocative."-School Library Journal, starred review
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"The author's comments at the end of this audiobook confirm the personal connection she has with this story of families and tolerance, but listeners have no doubt in the honesty of 11-year-old Hattie Owen. Steeped in a 1950s setting, adults will especially enjoy the fine cultural details and children will easily grasp the different pace and manners of the time, and Hattie's small town life. Judith Ivey is exceptional--conveying striking emotional and compassionate power. Ivey's portrait of Adam, Hattie's disabled, savant uncle who suddenly reenters the family's life, is nothing short of brilliant. His accelerated, charged speech, and rhythmic then agitated tone and timbre is masterfully handled. Ivey masters the dialogue, mimicking "I Love Lucy" shows and making obtuse connections, giving listeners an involving glimpse into Adam's corner of the universe. R.F.W. Winner of 2004 ALA Notable Recording, 2004 Audie Award Finalist (c) AudioFile 2003, Portland, Maine"
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