When Robert Hoge was born, he had a tumor the size of a tennis ball in the middle of his face and short, twisted legs. Read more...
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When Robert Hoge was born, he had a tumor the size of a tennis ball in the middle of his face and short, twisted legs. Surgeons removed the tumor and made him a new nose from one of his toes. Amazingly, he survived--with a face that would never be the same.
Strangers stared at him. Kids called him names, and adults could be cruel, too. Everybody seemed to agree that he was -ugly.- But Robert refused to let his face define him. He played pranks, got into trouble, had adventures with his big family, and finally found a sport that was perfect for him to play. And Robert came face to face with the biggest decision of his life, he followed his heart.
This poignant memoir about overcoming bullying and thriving with disabilities shows that what makes us -ugly- also makes us who we are. It features a reflective foil cover and black-and-white illustrations throughout.
- ISBN-13: 9780425287750
- ISBN-10: 0425287750
- Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
- Publish Date: September 2016
- Page Count: 208
- Reading Level: Ages 8-12
- Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.6 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.7 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-06-20
- Reviewer: Staff
Writing with humor, honesty, compassion, and grace, Hoge recounts his life story, having been born with such severe physical deformities that his mother refused to see him. “Don’t even consider bringing him home,” a doctor said, “just forget him”—advice his four older siblings voted to ignore. Corrective surgeries continued throughout Hoge’s childhood as his medical team worked to give him “a new face that was more acceptable to society.” Hoge captures the nuances of his atypical experience; for example, he acknowledges “the doctors’ wonderful ingenuity in making me a new nose” out of an amputated toe, but “Toe Nose” tops his list of hurtful nicknames (“To this day, it’s the one nickname that has any real power over me”). Hoge’s parents’ determination to provide him with as normal an upbringing as possible, combined with his own outgoing nature and desire to participate in all activities, makes his coming-of-age story unique and universal. His first independent medical decision testifies to the power of a loving family and a courageous soul. Final art not seen by PW. Ages 8–12. Author’s agent: Daniel Lazar, Writers House. Illustrator’s agency: Bright Agency. (Sept.)