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Petey - Ben Mikaelsen
Petey
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In 1922, at the age of two, Petey's distraught parents commit him to the state's insane asylum, unaware that their son is actually suffering from severe cerebral palsy. Bound by his wheelchair and struggling to communicate with the people around him, Petey finds a way to remain kind and generous... show more
In 1922, at the age of two, Petey's distraught parents commit him to the state's insane asylum, unaware that their son is actually suffering from severe cerebral palsy. Bound by his wheelchair and struggling to communicate with the people around him, Petey finds a way to remain kind and generous despite the horrific conditions in his new "home." Through the decades, he befriends several caretakers but is heartbroken when each eventually leaves him. Determined not to be hurt again, he vows to no longer let hope of lifelong friends and family torment him. That changes after he is moved into a nursing home and meets a young teen named Trevor Ladd; he sees something in the boy and decides to risk friendship one last time.  Trevor, new to town and a bit of a loner, is at first weary of the old man in the wheelchair.  But after hearing more of his story, Trevor learns that there is much more to Petey than meets the eye.     Petey is a touching story of friendship, discovery, and the uplifting power of the human spirit.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9781423131748 (1423131746)
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Pages no: 256
Edition language: English
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JL's Bibliomania
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3.5 Read: Petey
I knew that Petey would likely make me cry. And it did, twice. Aimed at middle-grade readers and told in simplistic terms, Petey records the historical mistreatment of persons with disabilities in the early 20th century, where people with physical disabilities were mistaken for people with intel...
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5.0 Petey
Petey was diagnosed as an "idiot" when he was born. After selling off almost everything they had, his parents made the heart-wrenching decision to institutionalize Petey. Petey was misdiagnosed and instead of being mentally retarded, he was born with cerebral palsy. Even though he was ignored and t...
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