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A Corner of the Universe by Ann M. Martin
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Jan 05, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: young-adult, newbery

** spoiler alert ** I was so excited when I started reading this book. I loved finding a strong female character to encourage my daughter and other girls her age (5th grade at the time). Hattie's struggle to be herself while also yearning to fit in is such a classic and important issue for pre-teen girls, and finding it shared in a touching and beautifully-written way was wonderful to see. When Adam came along, I enjoyed seeing how the family dealt with him and felt it added depth to the book. I felt that Adam's mental issues and the subsequent family reactions to him were handled honestly and accurately. However, when Adam commits suicide (even though I felt it was a wonderful addition to the plot as a reader) as a mother and teacher I questioned who I could share this book with. I know I'm not ready to share this with my fifth grade daugther, and I'm not sure what "youth" audience to recommend this to because of the emotionally-wrenching ending to the book. I don't know what kids I want to expose to that level of grief, but I'd love to share the rest of the book with them.
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Peter Ippel This was my reaction exactly about the suicide aspect. I think that fact that Hattie seems to condone it as an okay response to Adam's challenges makes it even harder to recommend. I think if Hattie had had a different reaction, it would have made it easier to share with children.


message 2: by Mayu (new)

Mayu I'm Japanese middle school but it is a really good book for children too. I'm sure your daughter would love to read them.


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