Posted by: kidsbooksreviews | April 25, 2008

A Small White Scar, by K. A. Nuzum

A Small White Scar tells the story of twin brothers, one of which is mentally challenged (the story hints strongly that the disability is Down Syndrome, but this is not stated outright). They live on a ranch in the 1940s, and Will’s deepest desire is to escape the family ranch, where he is primarily responsible for taking care of Denny, and do well enough in the rodeo to be hired on at a ranch elsewhere, where his skills will be more appreciated. Will tries to run away, and Denny ends up tagging along. The small white scar referred to in the title is one that binds them as brothers, and Will spends most of the story struggling with his feelings about his brother and how he is expected to care for him. There are no controversial topics in this book, and students interested in the rodeo or who have disabled siblings will be very interested in it.

This book is suited more for older elementary students.

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