When Petey Corbin is born in 1920, no one knows about cerebral palsy. After struggling to care for her frail infant who is often racked by seizures, Petey's mother reluctantly places him in an asylum. There, he is labeled an idiot and ignored. Few people look beyond his twisted body to see the intelligence in his eyes. Then another young resident, Calvin Anders, arrives in Petey's ward. As he learns to understand Petey's garbled sounds, Calvin becomes his spokesman and best friend. Years later, however, they are separated when Petey is moved to a nursing home. Alone and withdrawn, Petey wonders if he will ever find another person who understands him. Ben Mikaelsen, award-winning author of Rescue Josh McGuire, Stranded, and other popular books for young adults, has crafted a poignant tale of friendship and triumph over disabilities. Petey was chosen by the New York Public Library as one of its 100 Books for Reading and Sharing, and it won the Western Writers of America Award.
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"Based on a real person, PETEY is a book that forces listeners to look at their own prejudices and wonder at the vagaries of life, fate, and God. Petey Corbin, born in 1920, when nothing was known about cerebral palsy, was diagnosed as an idiot and abandoned in an asylum. L.J. Ganser's narration is exceptional, bringing Petey to life with his limited words and sounds, yet managing to convey all the pain, loneliness, and even joy that Petey experiences as he grows from birth to an old man throughout the story. Ganser also creates unique voices and personalities for all the major and minor players that move in and out of Petey's life. In the end, we care deeply for this man who asked for nothing but gave so much to those who took the time to know him. W.L.S. (c) AudioFile 2001, Portland, Maine"
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