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Petey
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Published:
Recorded Books, Inc. 2000
Accelerated Reader:
IL: MG - BL: 4.8 - AR Pts: 6
Lexile measure:
740L
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Description
When Petey Corbin is born in 1920, no one knows about cerebral palsy. After struggling to care for her frail infant who is often racked by seizures, Petey's mother reluctantly places him in an asylum. There, he is labeled an idiot and ignored. Few people look beyond his twisted body to see the intelligence in his eyes. Then another young resident, Calvin Anders, arrives in Petey's ward. As he learns to understand Petey's garbled sounds, Calvin becomes his spokesman and best friend. Years later, however, they are separated when Petey is moved to a nursing home. Alone and withdrawn, Petey wonders if he will ever find another person who understands him. Ben Mikaelsen, award-winning author of Rescue Josh McGuire, Stranded, and other popular books for young adults, has crafted a poignant tale of friendship and triumph over disabilities. Petey was chosen by the New York Public Library as one of its 100 Books for Reading and Sharing, and it won the Western Writers of America Award.
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Format:
OverDrive MP3 Audiobook, OverDrive Listen
Edition:
Unabridged
Street Date:
07/07/2000
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781449883768
Accelerated Reader:
MG
Level 4.8, 6 Points
Lexile measure:
740
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APA Citation (style guide)

Ben Mikaelsen. (2000). Petey. Unabridged Recorded Books, Inc.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation (style guide)

Ben Mikaelsen. 2000. Petey. Recorded Books, Inc.

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Ben Mikaelsen, Petey. Recorded Books, Inc, 2000.

MLA Citation (style guide)

Ben Mikaelsen. Petey. Unabridged Recorded Books, Inc, 2000.

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      • content: Based on a real person, PETEY is a book that forces listeners to look at their own prejudices and wonder at the vagaries of life, fate, and God. Petey Corbin, born in 1920, when nothing was known about cerebral palsy, was diagnosed as an idiot and abandoned in an asylum. L.J. Ganser's narration is exceptional, bringing Petey to life with his limited words and sounds, yet managing to convey all the pain, loneliness, and even joy that Petey experiences as he grows from birth to an old man throughout the story. Ganser also creates unique voices and personalities for all the major and minor players that move in and out of Petey's life. In the end, we care deeply for this man who asked for nothing but gave so much to those who took the time to know him. W.L.S. (c) AudioFile 2001, Portland, Maine
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        August 31, 1998
        A writer admired for fast-paced adventure stories like Stranded and Sparrow Hawk Red takes on a more serious topic in this novel about the relationship between a teenager and a man mistakenly institutionalized for much of his life. Part one of the novel relates Petey's "backstory": in 1922, at the age of two, his distraught parents commit him to the state's insane asylum, unaware that their son is actually suffering from severe cerebral palsy. Petey avoids withdrawal and depression despite the horrific conditions in his new "home" and, over the course of 60 years, a string of caretakers befriends but then leaves him. The point of view in part two shifts from Petey to Trevor, an eighth-grader suffering from both lack of friends and lack of parental attention after a series of moves. Trevor finds the answer to his needs in an unlikely friendship with the 70-year-old Petey, who has moved to a nursing home. Mikaelson capably highlights the abuses and prejudices suffered by those stricken with cerebral palsy, but teeters dangerously over the line between poignancy and sentimentality. At its best, the third-person narration makes readers privy to the thoughts of the two protagonists, but more often it keeps them at bay ("As people escaped civilization to enjoy the solitude of a mountain peak, so also did many of the patients' minds escape existence and find solitude beyond the reaches of the ward"). As a result, the characters never really come to life beyond their roles as symbols--Petey that of the power of the human spirit, Trevor that of the tolerant, unprejudiced do-gooder. A novel that never meets the promise of its compelling premise. Ages 10-up.

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