The Man Who Loved Clowns

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The Man Who Loved Clowns is a 1992 novel by June Rae Wood about coping with mental disability in the family.[1] The story is based on Wood's personal experience of life with her brother Richard, who himself had Down's Syndrome.[2][3] Wood also wrote a sequel, entitled Turtle on a Fence Post, set one year later.[4]

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13-year-old Delrita wants to be "invisible" at her new school. She lives with her parents and her uncle Punky, who has Down syndrome. Although she loves him, she feels embarrassed at times. Suddenly their life is turned upside down when a horrible tragedy occurs.


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Preceded by
Winner of the
William Allen White Children's Book Award

Succeeded by
The Giver