Article Title

A Corner of the Universe


Jess Verzello


Outstanding, Intermediate, Young Adult, Ann M. Martin, Mental Illness, Summer, Family

Document Type

Book Review


Hattie Owen is content to spend her summer reading her many library books, painting with her father, cleaning with her mother, and visiting with the boarders who live in her home. She is a quiet girl of eleven years who did not expect anything unusual to happen this particular summer. That is, until her parents tell her that she has an uncle named Adam who will be coming home from the special school he’s lived at for the past ten years. Adam has a mental illness that makes him see the world differently, and Hattie seems to understand him better than anyone else. Hattie learns about acceptance, courage, and family love through her unexpected, bittersweet summer with Adam.