A Corner of the Universe

by Ann M. Martin (Ages 8-12)

This novel follows 12-year-old Hattie Owen, who spends her summers at her family’s boarding house. She does her chores, drinks lemonade on the porch and reads. However, everything changes the summer her Uncle Adam arrives after the special home where he has been living closes down. Adam is 21 years old and has an intellectual disability. Hattie finds Adam to be fun and interesting. She takes him to the carnival where her friend Leila and her family work. Hattie shows Adam things he has never seen before, and their special relationship changes her forever. A Corner of the Universe is a powerful story of acceptance and understanding.