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I think this book is pretty interesting and sad. It kind of show that in society when you act differently or different from other people they will think you are weird; not accept you. I think its kind of true because Wwhen her uncle was trying to be friendly to Hattie's classmate they called him a freak. Dec 19, Alison rated it it was ok Recommends it for: Teens. This book is about a girl name Hattie Owen; she lives in a boarding house with her parents and the other borders.

Her live has a regular routine and is simple till she learns that her mother has another brother. She also makes new f This book is about a girl name Hattie Owen; she lives in a boarding house with her parents and the other borders. She also makes new friends with new boarders and a girl from the carnival that comes to her small town. Hattie faces many problems and learns to deal with hard times even though she sees things and people in different ways.

Feb 09, Yamin Eaindray rated it really liked it Shelves: children , four-stars. I've read it a couple of times already but it never ceases to start goosebumps on my arms. It's very heartwarming and I just wish Adam hadn't hung himself. I sort of excepted a happy ending when I come close to the end of the book everytime I read even though I know it's no happy ending. Adam is such a wonderful character and I love Hattie's family, Nana, her mother, her father, and everybody else. This is one of my favorite books and I'm surely reading it again.

View all 5 comments. Nov 17, Dominique Boczek rated it did not like it. How anyone likes this book is beyond me. It sat in the back of my closet from when I was in 5th grade until I was about 20 and decided to read it. All I could think was thank God I didn't read it when I was It has way too much adult content and is frankly horrifying. I get that everyone has hardships in life and it is important as a child to understand this, but this book was far too extreme.

Feb 28, Ezzieh Hassan rated it it was amazing. No one knew about what was soon going to happen to Adam. A Corner of the Universe is realistic fiction. I loved reading this book because of how I can relate with the main character, Hattie, who is and 11 year old about to turn twelve. This story takes place in the middle of the s in a town called Millerton.

Hattie had finished 6th grade and was now in summer. Hattie's grandparents were rich but they always expected perfection but their daughter which is Hattie's mother married a man who was No one knew about what was soon going to happen to Adam. Hattie's grandparents were rich but they always expected perfection but their daughter which is Hattie's mother married a man who wasn't rich.

Hattie's grandma would always criticize her family on their bad habits. For example, their house which they turned into a boardinghouse. She expected it to go the same way it always goes with her helping Cookie in the kitchen or Toby with cleaning. Going to the library or painting with dad. Instead Hattie's parents told her about a 21 years old uncle she has, named Adam, whom she was never told about.

Adam was living in a special school in Ohio but the school was shutting down permanently so Adam was coming home. However, Adam was different than other people because he was mentally disabled. Hattie becomes a close friend to Adam but Adam faces many difficulties which made he reacted to differently than others. Near the end of the book Adam is missing so everyone is looking for him. When they finally find him he is in the shed behind Hattie's grandparents' house where he had hung himself. The conflict is person vs self.

The theme is that everyone goes through hard things so you should try to understand them before judging. A major event that changed Hattie was when she met Adam and began to know him because she learned about how people can be quick to judge and she began thinking about how her and Adam were very similar. Since the grandma, Nana, is very strict she limits what Adam can do and treats him like a child.

This makes Hattie angry and she begins to rebel against Nana by not doing what she says and argues. For example, when Nana punishes Hattie for putting herself and Adam in danger by sneaking him out at night but then Hattie defies her. After a moment I say I don't want the two of you to see each other just now. I open Nana's front door. Or my father. And I don't have to listen to you. Since the setting takes place in the late 50s people didn't have a lot of information. In the book it shows how nobody knew exactly what was wrong with Adam just that he was goofy and mentally ill.

Also that Adam acted younger than his age. The effect of not understanding what Adam was going through made it hard for people to relate with him so they didn't know what to do when near him. Another look passes between Mom and Dad. He has some trouble controlling himself. He's unpredictable, erratic.

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This line means that you can change the world or make others feel good. Another way the title relates to the book is that there is a scene where Adam and Hattie sit next to each other on the front porch and Adam tells her how aliens only belong in their own corner of the universe and Hattie agrees.

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In this context the phrase would mean a part of the world which a person belongs in. And I'm a visiting alien. I clear my throat. I thank Adam Adam told me about lifting the corners the second time I met him, nut I had no idea what he meant. Now I think I do. It's all about changing what's handed to you, about poking around a little, lifting the corners, seeing what's underneath, poking that.

I wish that the author hadn't written that Adam dies. For example, something like Adam ends up finding a new school he can go to so he there is a very heartwarming goodbye between him and Hattie. I disliked how in the book Adam hangs himself and the exact reason is unclear. Hattie believes that Adam killed himself because of Angel Valentine who is one of the people leaving at the house. Adam fell in love with her but then found her in her room with her boyfriend. Hattie and Adam are similar and different because they think the same sometimes but other times Hattie doesn't understand Adam. Hattie and Adam act the same in many scenes.

They also understand how each other feels about being an alien. For example, when Hattie and Adam first meet at Nana's house and when they were at the boardinghouse going to see Angel. I do, and then Adam graciously takes me by the elbow and escorts me to my place at the table I ma the only true alien. I am a true alien too I look at Adam. He is looking at Angel, his mouth open like a character in a cartoon, and I know exactly what he is thinking.

We are so alike, Adam and I, our brains are so alike, that Adam's thoughts are in my head now. Adam never planned on having a mental illness. He didn't think that he would end up taking his own life. Nana always planned on having the most perfect family. Instead she had Adam who was very hard for her to learn how to deal with. She also had Dorothy the mother who ended up not living the life that she wanted for her. Hattie planned on having a normal summer. Life goes however it wants it to and we can't stop that so we have to learn how to adjust and adapt to it.

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And life is always more interesting that way. I would recommend this book to people who like excitement, worry, and sadness. No one has a clear path or a clear picture of how their future is going to be and this is represented with Adam and Hattie. Jan 25, Lori rated it it was ok. It was a sweet book until they started adding the edge to it. This is suppose to be a children's book. If I was reading it as a book for adults I would have rated it 4 stars but I am looking at it through an elementary childs eyes. I would not recommend for my elementary age students.

Apr 08, Lena rated it liked it Shelves: dont-believe-the-hype , ya-mg , audiobooks. This book was pretty good. I got the audio, though, and I did not care for the cadence of the reader at all. She emphasized random words and it made the listening experience jarring at times. The story itself was good, though. The ending was definitely a surprise. Overall, a good character-driven book. I cannot even begin to tell you how much I loved this book! All I'll say is that I finished it quickly because I couldn't put it down, and everyone everyone everyone should read it no matter what.

View all 19 comments. Mar 24, Julie Morales rated it really liked it. There are a lot of words I could use to describe this book. It's thought-provoking, heartbreaking, funny, captivating The summer Hattie turns 12, the summer of , is the summer the lives of everyone in her family changed forever. She finds out she had an uncle she never knew she had who was only about 9 years older than Hattie herself. She doesn't really have any fr There are a lot of words I could use to describe this book. She doesn't really have any friends, until a carnival comes to town and she meets Leila.

The carnival is family-owned and operated and Leila's mother and father work with the carnival, so she and her brother do a version of home schooling and travel with the carnival. Leila is Hattie's first friend close to her own age, besides Betsy, but Betsy and her family go away every summer, so when Hattie's life gets turned upside-down, Betsy is nowhere around, and Nana, Hattie's grandmother, calls Leila a "circus child" and eventually forbids Hattie to go there.

Hattie's grandparents are one of the wealthiest families in the town, while Hattie's parents run a boardinghouse, another thing Nana doesn't approve of. Then, when the "school" where her uncle had been living for years closes and Adam has to come home, Hattie realizes her grandparents kept Adam hidden for all these years.

He didn't fit into their perfect world, so they didn't seem to want people to know about him. Adam displays a lot of behaviors that I believe would probably be called autistic now, although he didn't really have a diagnosis. No one really understands Adam, but somehow, he and Hattie become more like friends than uncle and niece.

Together, Hattie and Adam face bullies, people who would rather belittle and criticize than try to understand and get to know someone. They go to the carnival, Leila and Adam give Hattie her first birthday party consisting of friends and not just family, and they get into trouble together, too. But the last time they get into trouble, things go way too far and get way too out-of-hand quicker than Hattie thinks possible. The title of this book refers to thinking outside the box, exploring what's outside of your normal comfort zone, being willing to be open-minded, even if you don't always understand something.

Hattie learns a lot that summer, as does everyone else in her family. She even sees a side of her grandparents that she never knew existed. Sometimes, it takes something that almost tears you apart to bring everyone back together. I wasn't sure I was going to like this book, but it turned out to be quite good, once I stuck with it and started to realize where the story was going. The ending totally shocked me, though, as it does in real life any time something like this happens.

It makes you think about making sure those you care about know how much you care about them before it's too late.

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Feb 12, Roxana rated it it was amazing. I started to read this book out of curiosity and I ended up loving it! It was a wonderful warmhearted story about a family in the sixtie's, well about a girl, Hattie, living in a small town where everybody knows eachother. She lives with her parents who own a boarding house, with eccentric tenants. His father is an artist, and works at home, and her mother's family lives near by in a very big mantion, rich and stylish.

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The summer she turn 12, she learns that she has an uncle she never heard befor I started to read this book out of curiosity and I ended up loving it! The summer she turn 12, she learns that she has an uncle she never heard before. He is coming home from the school he used to live because its closing.

He is 21 and "different". Hattie and her uncle became close friends, and she finds that in so many ways she is just like his uncle, an alien to the world or to what the rest of the people expect from her, specially her Nana, her grandmother who wants her family to be perct Some people call his uncle a freak In the story nobody is telling what is actually wrong with Adam, but it seems he has austims, anyway the story shows how we tent to point at people that are different, and how being call a freak, and not adapting to what society wants from us can make someones life very hard to carry.

I just love the story, it made me cry and also laught, I feel for Adam who was a boy inside an adult body. A must read book! Readers also enjoyed. Young Adult. Realistic Fiction. About Ann M.


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Ann Matthews Martin was born on August 12, She grew up in Princeton, New Jersey, with her parents and her younger sister, Jane. After graduating from Smith College, Ann became a teacher and then an editor of children's books. She's now a full-time writer. Ann gets the ideas for her books from many different places. Some are based on personal experiences, while others are based on childhood me Ann Matthews Martin was born on August 12, Some are based on personal experiences, while others are based on childhood memories and feelings. Many are written about contemporary problems or events.

All of Ann's characters, even the members of the Baby-sitters Club, are made up. But many of her characters are based on real people. Sometimes Ann names her characters after people she knows, and other times she simply chooses names that she likes. Ann has always enjoyed writing. Even before she was old enough to write, she would dictate stories to her mother to write down for her. Some of her favorite authors at that time were Lewis Carroll, P.

They inspired her to become a writer herself. Her hobbies are reading, sewing, and needlework. Her favorite thing to do is to make clothes for children. Books by Ann M. Trivia About A Corner of the U Quotes from A Corner of the U My life may not be perfect, but it is what I have known. Note: Before having your own child or your students read A Corner of the Universe , you will need to pre-read it. There are some parts that you may not find to be appropriate for your child or students mainly 1 the book deals with a suicide, and one character calls that choice "brave" at the man's funeral, and 2 there is a scene where a main character is sexually attracted to a girl's chest.

We are not trying to dissuade you from this book, but we think it's important to pre-read it and decide ahead of time if it's appropriate for your audience. Readers will relate to Hattie's desire to be normal, and "will admire her willingness to befriend an outcast. This is an important story Now that you've seen this great book, what would you like to see now? Born to Fly.

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