My Rating: ★★★★
Genre: Children’s Literature; Tween Fiction
Goodreads Plot: 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.
My Thoughts: This book was really sad! I wasn’t really expecting to like it because it’s a book for preteens, but it was actually very good. It was very funny, and very true-to-life. I would’ve liked to hear more about Hattie’s friend from the circus (her name escapes me and I don’t have the book any more). But overall it was really good, and one I’d probably recommend to my younger sisters for a light, easy read.