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New York : Hyperion Books
for Children, 1998.
IL 5-8, RL 7.0
if you had a friend who could only communicate in grunts and squeals?
What if this friend had two legs, but they did not work, and had a body
all twisted in a knot? And what if he needed help doing just about
everything? Could you be a friend to him?
Petey Corbn had cerebral palsy. Misdiagnosed as a baby he was placed
in institutions. Most people thought he could not understand or feel
things, just because he could not communicate well. He did not have
visitors, rarely went outside, and had few friends. But Petey did
feel things and he did understand. And while much of his life was
bleak, he was not.
When he was older, Petey met Trevor, a young boy with busy parents and
no friends, who had just moved to town. Their chance encounter was
the beginning of a special friendship. Find out what they learned
from each other. Just which one of them really had trouble communicating,
and who stood to benefit most from their friendship? (Gail A. King, firstname.lastname@example.org,
University of South Carolina)
Cerebral palsy -- Fiction.
People with disabilities -- Fiction.
Old age -- Fiction.
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