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A Corner of the Universe
by Ann Martin
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1.In what ways does the title relate to the book and what does the it mean to Adam, Hattie and Leila?
 
2.How important is the carnival to the events in the book and to Hattie and Adam?
 
3.Why does the whole family keep Adam's existence a secret from Hattie and the town?
 
4.What are some of the secrets the characters keep and why do they keep them?
 
5.How do those secrets affect the people keeeping them and those close to them?
 
6.Would those people still feel the need to keep those secrets if the story took place now or in a city?
 
7.Why is Hattie's friendship with Leila so important to her? Why is it easier for her to make friends with Leila than some of the other girls in town?
 
8.Would you like to have Hattie or Leila for a friend?
 
9.What did Hattie like about adam and what did she dislike? What did you like and dislike about Adam?
 
10.Why does Hattie feel responsible for Adam?
 
11.How does Hattie change from the beginning of the story to the end?
 
12.Did reading this book change your feeling or perceptions of those with mental illnesses or disabilities?
 
13.Why do you think it is hard for people to appreciate the differences in other people?
 
14.How do you think people would react to Adam if they met him today?
 
15.Are attitudes toward mental illness the same now as they were in the book which was set in the 1960's?
 
16.How does Adam effect the lives of the those people who take the time to get to know him?
 
17.How did you feel about Angel Valentine during most of the book? Did your feelings toward her change after Adam died?
 
18.Did you have a favorite part of the book- one that you thought was humerous or sad?
 
19.Who was your favorite character- why?
 
20.Would you recommend this novel to your friends- why or why not?
 
Author Website:
http://www.scholastic.com/annmartin
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