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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press; Reprint edition (Jan. 1 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439388813
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439388818
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 13.2 x 1.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 336 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #320,484 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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By A Customer on June 25 2004
Format: Paperback
I started to read this book about two days ago, and I have to admit that it started out kind of slow. Once I got about 20 pages into it though, I couldn't put it down! I read the remainder of the book this morning. Wow. I laughed, I cried... I would reccomend this book to anyone who likes Sharon Creech's writing. It is great.
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By A Customer on June 4 2004
Format: Paperback
This book was a strange book. That's why I didn't really like it. I think that they put in to much characters. Also there were that much of a setting. This was confusing at some parts,and it made me read on at some parts too.This book wouldn't be in my top 20 neither in my top 30. This book would get a three star.
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Format: Paperback
Imagine learning about an uncle you never knew existed. In this 2002 Newbery Honor book, twelve-year-old Hattie Owen meets her Uncle Adam, a mentally disabled man who has been living in an institution that recently lost its funding.
During the summer of 1960, people were less likely to dissect family problems than today, the era of the talk show. Adam was a family secret, but Hattie learns to love him. She was planning a summer of trips to the library and ice cream, but now Adam comes with her. He is closer to her age mentally than most adults and has an endless enthusiasm for new experiences. Hattie loves to go to the carnival and is happy to bring Adam along. But she does not know how to handle Adam when he is out of control, such as when she finds him walking in his underwear through the neighborhood or when he disappears. He also becomes angry when he can't have his way.
Living with someone who is mentally disabled can be confusing at any age. Best-selling author Ann M. Martin of P.S. LONGER LETTER LATER (written with Paula Danziger) and the BABY-SITTERS CLUB series, does a wonderful job of showing the reader the joys and sadness of the experience, as seen through the eyes of likable teen Hattie.
Powerful characters and plot surprises will keep readers interested in this title --- and it is sure to stay with the reader long after the book is closed.
--- Reviewed by Amy Alessio
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By A Customer on June 4 2004
Format: Paperback
The book A Corner Of The Universe was an excellent book. Hattie Owen goes through many life challenging experiences. Having Adam as her uncle makes it even more difficult. Hattie Owen makes new friends and looses them too. The author creates an interesting plot that keeps you reading. She also creates many aspects of the characters that others can relate to. I found there to be very little parts that I didn't understand because of the excellent writing the author used. Throughout this book good and bad things happen. People make new friends, meet new people, and discover their family secrets. Overall, I truly love this book, and would recommend it to anyone.
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By A Customer on June 4 2004
Format: Paperback
I really enjoyed the book A Corner of the Universe. The book is about a girl who finally gets to meet her Uncle Adam. Adam is mentally ill, and doesn't know how to handle some situations. In Millerton, where Hattie lives, a carnival and a parade come to her hometown. With the very few friends Hattie has, she soon makes a new one. In the parade she sees a girl wink to her, and Hattie doesn't know why she did. The next day when Hattie went to the carnival she met her new friend Leila. Later on in the book, something you never think would happen, takes place. It has to do with Hattie, Leila, and Adam. Read this book, and you will find out. Even though I dislike reading, and there are few books I like, this is definately one of them.
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By A Customer on May 28 2004
Format: Hardcover
Hattie was quite surprised when her uncle that she never met came to her house to live with her family, since his special school was shut down. Her Uncle Adam was quite special. He had a mental disability. When her uncle came to the boarding house no one really liked him. They all took pity on him, all except for Hattie & her mother. Hattie was able to find a friend. This friend was very special as she didn't have too many. Towards the end everyone came to accept Adam for who he was.
This book really helped Hattie (and me) to accept people, no matter how different or strange they are. This book really made you feel as if you were Hattie. This was a summer Hattie would never forget. There were some good times, some bad times, and a few sad times. As I read further into the book I got more into it. This book will aways be on my top list.
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By A Customer on May 24 2004
Format: Paperback
If you are looking for adventure, excitement, and suspense then A Corner of the Universe, by: Ann M. Martin is the book for you. In this book you will find that a girl named Hattie Owens's life is about to change. The summer has started and Hattie's best friend had left her for California for the summer. Hattie doesn't have any other friends so she's going to be pretty board during the summer. Hattie's grandmother has a surprise for her. Her surprise is a mentally challenged uncle. The Carnival is coming to town and Hattie finds a friend whose family owns the carnival. It's Hattie's birthday and she asks her uncle to sneak out and go to the carnival with her, well the sneak out was successful and when they get there they will have a surprise! This is where the suspence part comes in. Read this book to see what happens!
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By Quinn on May 18 2004
Format: Hardcover
I loved this book soooo much...it got me reading more books and gradually i now read more than ever...it enspires people to read because it is such a good book, i recomended it to all my friends. they all loved it, as did i.
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