The Man Who Loved Clowns

The Man Who Loved Clowns

Book - 1992
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Thirteen-year-old Delrita, whose unhappy life has caused her to hide from the world, loves her uncle Punky but sometimes feels ashamed of his behavior because he has Down's syndrome.
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, c1992.
ISBN: 9780399218880
Characteristics: 224 p. ; 22 cm.


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Jun 27, 2017

I think this book would have been on my top five books as a child. It is a beautiful story of a practical teenage girl named Delrita who not only deals with normal teenage troubles but also deals with mental illness and loss with her Uncle Punky. She is a strong if sometimes flawed character who is just trying her best and I loved that. Her friends Avanelle and Tree are poor and the sympathetic but proud mentality of the Shackleford's struggles is a joy to read.
June Rae Wood captures the feelings and struggles of the caretakers of people with mental disabilities in a way that is very humanistic and caring. She also gives it a unique flavor as it is set in a small Missouri town. With lovable characters, local settings, and a plot that will have you riveted to the end and scrambling for the sequel Turtle on a fence post June Rae Wood has crafted a novel that every family should read.
P.S. It is apparent to anyone who goes to the link of the previous comment that the person, Mary Kelly , who rated the book didn't even take the time to read the book before calling the book awful. Ms.Kelly merely say that "I automatically have issues with anything clown related." and "To be honest, whatever the story, it is the cover art that kills this book.The blank stares are just creepy." To me that does not justify calling a book awful especially since she obviously only read the summary. Books should not be judged by their covers or by a short blurb of a summary and they certainly shouldn't be rated and reviewed by people who have never read the book. (Hops of soapbox)

Jul 07, 2015

Featured on the awful library books blog.


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