Sunday, May 3, 2009

Petey by Ben Mikaelsen

In the 1920's, children who were different were often thought to be idiots. This is the case with Petey. Born with cerebral palsy, but with an active mind- he is shut off in a mental institution for his whole life. As workers move through his life, they come to realize what a treasure Petey is. When Trevor protects Petey from the local bullies, it is the start of an amazing friendship that helps Trevor reconnect with his family. I think this would make an interesting read aloud with some great discussions.

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