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The Man Who Loved Clowns Summary
June Rae Wood

Everything you need to understand or teach The Man Who Loved Clowns by June Rae Wood.

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The Man Who Loved Clowns Summary

Plot Summary

The Man Who Loved Clowns is the story of thirteen-year-old Delrita Jensen's journey to self-acceptance in a world where she feels she must constantly protect her handicapped uncle, Punky.

In the novel's first scene, Delrita Jensen struggles to run away from the new girl at school, Avanelle Shackleford, who chases her down while she is clearly trying to be friendly. Ever since Delrita moved to Tangle Nook, Missouri, her mother has been hounding her to make friends, but Delrita is hiding a secret: she lives with her Uncle Punky, who has Down's syndrome. Delrita is worried that if people find out they'll make fun of Punky, something she's spent her entire life trying to prevent. As a way of protecting Punky, Delrita has made herself socially invisible, refusing friendship offers and certainly not making any of her own. She is a lonely, sad girl, but she fears that...

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