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Everyone needs their own special corner...


It’s 1969 and ten-year-old Davy is in a predicament. With two weeks remaining of the summer holidays, he’s expelled from the public pool for sneaking into the deep end and almost drowning. How will he break the news to his hard-working single mother? She’s at the diner all day, Davy has no friends, and he’s too young to stay by him
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Paperback, 136 pages
Published March 6th 2018 by Dancing Lemur Press LLC
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Beverly McClure
Aug 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Ah, the ‘60s, the Roadrunner and Coyote, Elvis, the Beatles, Connie Frances, polio. If you’re too young to remember those exciting years then cheer up. You can travel back to 1969, along with spending time in the present, in the middle-grade novel CORNERS by Author Corinna Austin.

Told in alternating chapters by the young Davy and the grown David, we meet ten-year-old Davy in 1969. Davy’s life is not easy. He’s different from the other kids. For one thing, he has no friends. Also, in the ‘60s mo
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Gmr
Oct 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a story about love and loss, wrapped in a blanket of friendship, and delivered under the guise of just being another tale of a summer gone by. Trust me, it's not.

I was as charmed by Ellis' magical corners as I was by the memories shared. The writing style reminds me of the storytelling method used in The Princess Bride, though this is far more reality based. While Davy and Ellis are the main characters once upon a time, Davy is also the narrator in the here-and-now recollecting that spec
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C. McKenzie
Sep 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Corners takes us back to the 1960's and lets us experience it through the eyes of ten-year-old Davy, a loner without a father to guide him. A lucky chance encounter with a thirteen-year-old girl named Ellis saves his life, and as we continue into the story, we see how much it also changes it. And when Davy's life changes, the people in it are affected. The agoraphobic landlord and Davy's mom benefit when the young heroine arrives. In alternating chapters, we're catapulted ahead in time and meet ...more
TDCbookreviews
Sep 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Davy has been having a pretty boring summer. While his mom works full time Davy spends his days at summer day camp and the pool, but after one bad decision Davy is banned from both for the last couple weeks of the summer. Luckily, a new older friend named Ellis is around to help watch him and show him how to have the most exciting summer of his life. One of their favorite projects of the summer are making corners, special places for people to be. As the summer ends, Davy must face changes. Ellis ...more
Sherry Ellis
Mar 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The summer of '69 was a memorable one for Davy. He was ten years old. That's when he met thirteen-year-old Ellis, the girl who rescued him from the deep end of a pool. The two spent the last weeks of summer vacation together after Ellis offered to babysit Davy while his single mom worked. Their days were spent fixing up neglected corners. Cleaning up and beautifying them did a lot of good not just for Davy and Ellis, but for others in the story.

Corners is told by Davy, alternating as the adult D
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Amanda
Dec 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was a Goodreads giveaway win.

I LOVED this book. If it weren't for a couple words that my school would deem inappropriate, I would immediately put it on my shelf and encourage some of the boys in my class to pick it up right away - especially those who are not big readers. (view spoiler) the book is written for a boy in mind. It had perfect aspects of growing up - being afraid of what your parent(s) may say/do, stresses of being di
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Liliyana Shadowlyn
Jan 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'm not crying, you're crying. This book is amazing. It hits you right in the feels, but in a good way. A wonderful tale of how what seems like the simplest of things can have the greatest impact on our lives, and how sometimes, someone comes into your life, and you know they're an important piece of you. ...more
Tamara Narayan
May 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Corners by Corrina Austin is a beautifully crafted story about 11-year-old Davy who doesn’t have much going right in his life. His mother works all day, his father is a mystery not talked about, his home is a tiny basement apartment, and he has no friends. To make things worse, he gets kicked out of the local pool for nearly drowning in the deep end.

Then Ellis appears. Not only does this 13-year-old girl literally save his life by pulling him out of the pool, but she gives Davy two weeks of fun
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Amy
Oct 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A beautiful, nostalgic story, full of keen insights and observations.
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