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 Alone and withdrawn, Petey wonders if he will ever find another person who understands him.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.
©1998 Ben Mikaelsen; (P)2000 Recorded Books, LLC
I used this audio version for my 6th grade Language Arts classes. While the reading itself (the narrator) is very well-done, the way that the audio is broken up is very inconvenient. The book on audio is separated into sections rather than by chapters--this makes it very difficult to find the correct spot to start from.
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