Wednesday, January 5, 2011

A Corner Of The Universe by Ann M. Martin

The book, A Corner of the Universe by Ann M. Martin is an adventerous story about a twelve year old girl named Hattie Owen and her summer vacation. Hattie lives in a boarding house in which her parents own, and run. Hattie is an only child and has a hard time making friends. Hattie has grandparents who she calls Nana and Papa. They are very wealthy and strict. the book starts to heat up when Hattie is enformed that her uncle Adam will be spending the summer with her because his school closed down. Hattie has never met Adam before and she soon finds out he suffers from a mental illness. When Adam arrives, Hattie is overwhelmed. He is very happy and Hattie refers her uncle Adam to her new bestfriend. Throughout the novel Hattie and Adam spend much time together. However, sometimes Adam has moments and Hattie is afraid of him. In the middle of the book, a carnival stops by the small town of Millerton. Hattie attends the carnival and meets a new friend named Leila. Hattie then decided that she was going to bring Adam to the carnival, but she had to sneak him out of the house someway. "I am never quite sure what made me suggest to Adam that he sneak out of his house and go to the carnival with me. Maybe it doesn't matter. Somehow the idea comes up, and Leila and I talk and talk about it, knowing it is wrong but lured by its daring" (126). Adam snuck out successfully and him and Hattie went off to the carnival. Adam, Hattie and Leila go on the ferris wheel and get stuck at the very top. Adam started to lose control of himself and he stood up and screamed and tried jumping out. "I don't care what Adam might do to me, but he cannot, simply cannot, climb out of our car. We are...how high up? Two stories? Three? More?" (134). Soon the ride was fixed and the police were waiting to hand cuff Adam and take him to the hospital. Hattie gets in very much trouble for sneaking Adam out and is forbidden to go to the carnival ever again. When Adam comes back he visits Hattie and brings flowers. However, the flowers are not for Hattie, but for a resident of the boarding house, Angel Valentine. Hattie believes Adam has a secret crush on Angel. When Adam went to go deliver the flowers to her room he opened the door and saw Angel in bed with her boyfriend. Adam was furious and ran. Hattie assumed Adam ran back home but she later found he went missing. The cops were called and they later found Adam in a shed.

1. Many times in the book Adam is laughed at and is made fun of. If you were Hattie, how would you react?

2. Do you think Angel Valentine was responsible for Adam to go missing? Why?

11 comments:

Millie W. 7/8 said...

1) I would be mad at them for making fun of him.
2) No it's not her fault. How was she suppose to know he had a crush on her.

Tyler W 1-2 said...

If Adam was being made fun of, i would stand up for him and comfort him so that he does not feel sad because of this.

Sarah N. 7-8 said...

2. I don't think that it is Angel's fault. She probably didn't know he had a crush and she could not predict how he would react. It seemed that Adam had some unpredictable behaviors, so he could have reacted in any way.

Abby M. 1-2 said...

2. No, I don't think that Angel Valentine was responsible, at least not solely resposible. Though she in a way did contribute to it, it was also caused by the stress Adam had just gone through with the carnival incident, and his deeply hurt feelings from the fact that people were making fun of him throughout the book. Also, because he suffers from a mentall illness, he cannot calm himself and process these feelings like most people can, which led to him to do irrational things.

Nicole H. 7-8 said...

If i saw Adam being made fun of I would stand up for him, though nonviolently. When people are put through that kind of treatment they often will become depressed and possibly will commit suicide if the problem is bad enough. I would do everything I could to prevent the bullying as to prevent later possible self afflictions by Adam.

Sydney M 7-8 said...

Well i love this book renae! I didn't think anyone had ever even heard of it. Haha.

1. I would be upset if people were making fun of Adam. I would stand up for him too and tell them to stop. He can't help what is wrong with him.

Lisa T. 1-2 said...

1. If I were Hattie, I would defend Adam because it's simply immature and intolerant to make fun of someone for something that they can't be blamed for, especially since Adam has a mental disability and probably doesn't understand why he is treated in that way. If their attitude is based on ignorance, though, it would be best to just explain his situation to avoid an argument.

Hannah K. 1-2 said...

1) I would try to defend Adam, or try to keep him from situations where he would encounter the people that make fun of him.
2) I do not think Valentine was responsible, because she may not have known how Adam felt. Adam going missing was most likely caused by a long history of bullying, and his mental illness could have made dealing with emotions harder. She would only have been the trigger.

Mitch W 1-2 said...

I would totally stick up for Adam if he was getting picked on. It's not Angels's fault, because it's not like she purposely had sex with her boyfriend in front of him to make him mad. He's the one that went in her room uninvited.

Miranda R. 7-8 said...

1. I would be angry if i saw them making fun of Adam because that is cruel and just not right. I would stand up for him so he does not get teased.

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