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Maxine, short and stocky, with her dark glasses and strange hat and weaving walk, was called the crazy lady. Ronald, with his eyes open wide and his mouth always parted as if he were about to speak, was her son with special needs. Vernon and his friends would agitate them until they put on a kind of show. But then Vernon gets to know them and he sees what their life is really like. He spends an afternoon helping them straighten out their ramshackle house, picking up their littered yard; and sits with Ronald while he watches Lassie and Mickey Mouse Club. And he begins to understand this mother's fierce love for her son, his own loss, and the unexpected strength he finds within this odd little family.
©1999 Jane Leslie Conly; (P)1999 Random House, Inc., Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, A Division of Random House, Inc.

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"Its truth reveals that each of us has felt the pain of exclusion and the liberation of acceptance and love." (School Library Journal)
"This book is all heart. A winning story." (The Kirkus Reviews)

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Bittersweet book...

This was a very well written book. The story itself was bittersweet, though.I liked the narrator and enjoyed how it showed how we all need to get to know someone before judging them.