Hattie Owen enjoys the familiarity of her small-town life, but during the summer she turns 12, her world is turned upside down with the arrival of an uncle no one has ever spoken about. Now that Hattie’s uncle’s “school”—an institution for the mentally disabled—is closing, Hattie’s family must deal with a childlike young man whose existence they’ve denied for years. And Hattie experiences a summer that expands her world in the most unpredictable ways.
Ann M. Martin was born on August 12, 1955. She grew up in Princeton, New Jersey, with her parents and her younger sister, Jane. After graduating from Smith College, Ann became a teacher and then an editor of children’s books. She’s now… More about Ann M. Martin