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Free as a Bird

Born with Down syndrome, Ruby Jean Sharp comes from a time when being developmentally disabled could mean being locked up and called names like “retard.” After Ruby Jean’s grandma dies, her mom leaves her at Woodlands School, which has little contact with outside services. Ruby Jean survives isolation and abuse, but when a new life skills worker enters her life, things begin to change.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. 2011.

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