Quiet, shy Hattie had never met her uncle Adam, who came home after 10 years of being put away for schizophrenia and autism, but she immediately likes him and his excitable ways. Her parents and grandparents, however, have a hard time with his intense way of seeing the world.
Readers will relate to Hattie's desire to be normal, and "will admire her willingness to befriend an outcast." (Publisher's Weekly) This dealing with mental illness and autism, american society in the 1960s
- Newbery Honor 2003
- American Library Association Notable Children's Book 2003
- Horn Book Magazine Fanfare Award 2002
- National Council for Social Studies Notable Book 2003
Level: Gr. 5-8 DRA Level: 60 Lexile Measure: 750L
Grade Equivalent: 6.1 Guided Reading: Y
This book was an honoree for the prestigious Newbery Award for best children's literature. Click to see the full list of Newbery Award Winners.