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Wood, June Rae
New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1992.
ISBN 0399218882
"The Man who Loved Clowns" by June Rae Wood was written as a tribute to her brother Richard, who had Down's Syndrome.   In this story, Punky Holloway is a thirty-five year old man with Down's Syndrome, and Delrita Jensen is his thirteen-year-old niece. Punky lives with his sister, who is Delrita's mother, his bother-in-law, and Delrita.  Punky is more like a younger brother to Delrita than an uncle.  Delrita loves Punky, and she feels guilty to be so embarrassed by him, but she has made up her mind that she is not going to make friends at her new school because then she would have to bring them home to meet Punky.  She has had bad experiences with bringing home friends in the past, with children either being frightened by Punky's childish enthusiasm or teasing him cruelly for his disability.   Delrita does love Punky with all her heart, however, and a family tragedy helps her to see that not only does he need her, but she needs him.  You will want to keep reading to see how Delrita deals with with issues such as prejudice against the disabled, her own growing attraction for a freshman football player, and the event that literally tears her world apart. (Gail Gouvei,
SUBJECTS:     Down syndrome -- Fiction.
                        Mentally handicapped -- Fiction.
                        Uncles -- Fiction.


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