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Feeling guilty about being ashamed of her beloved uncle, Punky, who suffers from Down's Syndrome, Delrita distances herself from her neighbors, until a tragedy teaches her a valuable lesson about friendship.
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June Rae Wood is a bestselling author of books for young readers. Her best-known novel, The Man Who Loved Clowns (1992), about a man with Down syndrome, was partly based on her much-loved younger brother, Richard, and has done much to further understanding of people with Down syndrome. The book was awarded the 1995 Mark Twain Award in Missouri and the 1995 William Allen White Award in Kansas. Ms. Wood is the 1999 recipient of the Edgar Wolfe Literary Award presented by the Friends of the Library in Kansas City, Kansas.From School Library Journal:
Grade 5-7-- Delrita Jensen, 13, has no friends, and she prefers it that way. She doesn't want anyone to meet her uncle, ``Punky'' Holloway, who has Down syndrome and lives with her family. Although she loves him dearly, she can't help being ashamed of him. Then, when her parents are killed in a traffic accident, and she and Punky must go to live with her aunt and uncle, everything changes. In the months that follow, Delrita learns many things: that others can come to love Punky and be proud of him, that she might have misjudged her aunt, and most of all, that she wants friends. Wood has created a realistic portrait of the problems that confront a child growing up in a family with a disabled member. But more than that, she has created an engrossing story with characters that readers come to care about very deeply. It's a story with a universal theme--the struggle to come of age and find a place in the world--and because of this, it will bring pleasure to many readers. Also incorporated are the joy of discovering and exercising a talent, the warmth that can come from finding a friend, the excitement and uncertainty of a first romance, and the conflict that is always a part of life. Wood's prose is strong and flowing, with a good balance of dialogue and narrative, and with several well-developed and memorable characters. It's a hard book to put down. --Constance A. Mellon, Department of Library & Information Studies, East Carolina Univ . , Green ville, NC
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