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Hattie Owen prefers to be steeped in the familiarity of her small-town life than to think about the vast world beyond her own. Her family's boarding house is where she feels most at home, with its eccentric tenants and predictable routines, so different from the controlling and repressive home of her well-to-do grandparents who live nearby.

But during the summer that Hattie turns twelve, her world is turned upside-down with the startling arrival of an uncle no one has ever spoken about. Now that Adam's "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 Hattie experiences a summer that expands her world in the most unpredictable ways.

With grace and compassion, Ann. M. Martin tells a story of a complicated and fated friendship in which listeners will lose a piece of their hearts. A Corner of the Universe was a 2003 Newbery Medal Honor Book.

©2002 Ann M. Martin; (P)2003 Random House, Inc., Listening Library, An Imprint Of Random House Audio Publishing Group

Critic Reviews

"[Ann M.] Martin delivers wonderfully real characters and an engrossing plot through the viewpoint of a girl who tries so earnestly to connect with those around her. This is an important story." (School Library Journal)
"Ivey's portrait of Adam, Hattie's disabled, savant uncle who suddenly reenters the family's life, is nothing short of brilliant." (AudioFile)
"This is a fully realized roller coaster of emotions." (Booklist)

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  • Kim
  • San Antonio, TX, USA
  • 02-12-04

A Corner of the Universe

Fabulous. My sons (11 & 9)and I enjoyed this so much. The narrator is wonderful. And the story is touching and real

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Excellent book

I love this book and I purchased a class set for my 5th grade class. My last two classes have read this book and they LOVED it. This book has helped many of my students become readers. Excellent story and I have students who want to reread the story. This has been one of the best books I have read and enjoyed. How good is a book when you have a classes of 5th graders who can't put the book down? Well, It is GREAT!

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  • tracy
  • thatcher, AZ, United States
  • 06-05-07

a little below so-so

I know children need to learn about handicapped people, but this book did not show the love given by many, many parents and care givers. I hated the ending which I would not want my 10 year old to read. Save your money for something else.

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  • Jana
  • Festus, MO, USA
  • 02-25-06

Wonderfully real...

This story touched my 13 year old's heart so much that she begged for the soft-cover book and has read it twice since Christmas!