Petey

Narrated by: L. J. Ganser
Length: 5 hrs and 37 mins
4.8 out of 5 stars (78 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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 Alone and withdrawn, Petey wonders if he will ever find another person who understands him.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.

©1998 Ben Mikaelsen (P)2000 Recorded Books, LLC

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Very touching story

I thought the narration was excellent. It made you feel as if you knew Petey. This was a very touching story. I learned to appreciate what you have and that ever life is valuable.

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GREAT BOOK

I enjoyed this bool. I had to read it for class but I opt tp listen to it. The reader bought the characters to life and made me feel like I knew all of them.

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Inspiring!!!

Be prepared to laugh and cry. Thank you Ben Mikaelson for sharing Petey's life story!!!

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Difficult to find the right spot

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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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As a longtime carer...

for someone with severe CP, there was an equal balance of good and cringeworthy in this book. That said, it is NOT an appropriate introduction to this disability for children! While the details of the disability were very familiar, the presentation of this information was terrible. To dwell on personal hygiene particulars and liken them to a baby was one example of how lacking in respect for the dignity of the person was continually in view. Likewise, repeated references to the disabled as idiots and disgusting, while used as contrast, is a very poor choice of introducing respect as a given. Sure, there may be a very small group of ignorant people, it should not be suggested as the NORM before one gets better educated. Children should be given appropriate, respectful information without including ideas they might otherwise never entertain. NOT RECOMMENDED FOR EDUCATORS!