The summer Hattie turns 12, her predictable smalltown life is turned on end when her uncle Adam returns home for the first time in over ten years. Hattie has never met him, never known about him. He's been institutionalized; his condition involves schizophrenia and autism.
Hattie, a shy girl who prefers the company of adults, takes immediately to her excitable uncle, even when the rest of the family — her parents and grandparents — have trouble dealing with his intense way of seeing the world. And Adam, too, sees that Hattie is special, that her quiet, shy ways are not a disability.
"Hearts will go out to both Hattie and Adam as they step outside the confines of their familiar world to meet some painful challenges." — Publisher's Weekly
"Martin delivers wonderfully real characters and an engrossing plot through the viewpoint of a girl who tries so earnestly to connect with those around her. This is an important story, as evocative on the subject of mental illness as Ruth White's Memories of Summer." — School Library Journal
|Recommended Age||10 and up|
|Author||Ann M. Martin|
|Publication Date||Jan 1, 2004|
|Award Winners||Newbery Honor|