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*A Small White Scar* by K.A. Nuzum- young adult book review
 
A Small White Scar
by K.A. Nuzum
Grades 5+ 192 pages Joanna Cotler August 2006 Hardcover    

The first words that come to mind when I think of A Small White Scar are shocking, emotional, uplifting and brutal honesty. This is a story of one family, in particular the relationship between two fifteen-year-old twin boys, one of whom is mentally challenged. Instead of placing one of the twins in a home as suggested by their physician, the father decides to raise the twins together at home, alone.

The responsibility of helping Denny reach beyond the challenges arising from Down Syndrome and find independence falls mostly on the shoulders of his brother, Will. In return, Denny adores and idolizes Will, and he continually pushes himself to try harder out of love and a deep desire to please his brother.

Frustrated by the responsibility and constant dependence, Will feels weighed down and restricted by his fatherís expectations and limitations. Deciding he must break away from the family to become a man, he leaves the ranch one morning without a word and heads off to the rodeo, where he hopes to compete. Loyalty and love betray him, however, as he finds his brother has trailed him all the way. Will discovers the gifts Denny has bestowed on him in life and learns to cherish their relationship in a new way. He also finds out more about the man inside his father.

A Small White Scar is an interesting tale about an emotional adventure that increases the bond between the father and the twins. Readers witness each character growing as a person and feel empathy for all three main characters. This book will appeal to readers who enjoy cowboy, twin and family themes; the benefit readers will gain most from this book is empathy for families dealing with Down Syndrome.


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