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Leonardo's Hand

3.59  ·  Rating Details ·  17 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
Leonard Smith, called “Nard,” turns out to be the kind of boy who surprises everyone, including himself. An orphan with only one hand, Nard is used to bouncing from one foster home to the next. Then he moves out to the Swedenborge farm. A relic from the past, the old homestead is stuck in the center of a wealthy suburb. Life there is hard, with crazy Farley concocting wild ...more
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published March 26th 2001 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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A homeless boy is adopted by an interesting "family". He's always been smart (descendant from Leonardo da Vinci, the boy was born without a left hand)and meet some special challenges to help his new family da Vinci's disembodied left hand exists in this story, befriending the boy and making drawings from him. (weird)
Sep 22, 2010 Paityn rated it really liked it
I liked this book alot. I thought it was very interesting.
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Sep 14, 2011 R. Patrick rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, fiction
A pretty interesting story. Quite imaginative.
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The concept of this book was a little out there, but I thought it was a good story.

2009 Fall Challenge category: unfinished category - body part in title
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Wick Downing has been in the business of writing for a long time. His first novel was published in 1974, by Saturday Review Press, which at that time was a division of E. P. Dutton & Co. The hard-cover edition cost $5.95.
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