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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,300 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ben Mikaelsen Narrator: L. J. Ganser Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2009 ISBN:
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When Petey Corbin is born in 1920, no one knows about cerebral palsy. After struggling to care for her frail infant who is often racked by seizures, Petey's mother reluctantly places him in an asylum. There, he is labeled an idiot and ignored. Few people look beyond his twisted body to see the intelligence in his eyes.

Then another young resident, Calvin Anders, arrives in Petey's ward. As he learns to understand Petey's garbled sounds, Calvin becomes his spokesman and best friend. Years later, however, they are separated when Petey is moved to a nursing home. Alone and withdrawn, Petey wonders if he will ever find another person who understands him.

Ben Mikaelsen, award-winning author of Rescue Josh McGuire, Stranded, and other popular books for young adults, has crafted a poignant tale of friendship and triumph over disabilities. Petey was chosen by the New York Public Library as one of its 100 Books for Reading and Sharing, and it won the Western Writers of America Award. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charlynn | 2/18/2014

    " This book was inspiring. I couldn't put it down. There was one thing about the ending that I didn't like but it was a small thing and it was still a great story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ashley | 2/11/2014

    " I read this as a child and into my early teens. I have read it several times. I remember being so affected by it and would highly recommend it to anyone, young adult or not. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rshelite | 2/10/2014

    " Loved this book--it was hard to read at first, because of the way they used to deal with handicapped children. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbara | 2/7/2014

    " I purchased this book after reading it from the library.If you want an uplifting book, this is it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Faith | 2/5/2014

    " Very interesting, although sorrowful book - that ends on an up note. Horrifying how retardation and other mental issues used to be handled in our past. Very enlightening about what can go on inside someone's head when they are afflicted with Cerebral palsy. A good, worthwhile read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 2/4/2014

    " Such a sweet story about the friendship between a boy and a man. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 DeAnn | 1/23/2014

    " I really enjoyed Petey and will look for more of Ben Mikaelsen's books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan mitchell | 1/23/2014

    " This book has a really cute plot, its about a boy who is born with cerebral palsy, and everyone told his parents that he was unable to think and that he would be and "idiot" his whole life. His mother at first refuses to give him up, so she and her husband attempt to take care of him, but they find it hard to because they have another child to care for as well, and petey requires around the clock care, so his parents leave him at a psych ward and petey lives there and starts to become friends with some of the residents. Petey then later befriends a boy named trevor, who is new to the town and Trevor notices some boys from his school throwing snowballs at him, Trevor reacts by telling them to stop and to leave him alone. Petey and Trevor soon develop a very strong bond with eachother, and Petey makes more of a difference in Trevor's life than anyone he's every known. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bonnie | 1/20/2014

    " EXCELLENT BOOK!!! Will definitely read it again!! :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrew | 12/27/2013

    " The book actually changed the way I am and the way I look at people, I definatly recommend this book for everyone "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy | 12/7/2013

    " This was such a touching story; spotlights the ignorance of us all. I wasn't crazy about the ending, though. I thought it could have been more powerful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Byron | 12/3/2013

    " If you treat someone like a human being, it is amazing what kind of effect it can have on your life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elissa | 11/22/2013

    " A sad book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peggy | 11/13/2013

    " Boy with C.P. is placed in an insane asylum "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dawn B | 4/22/2013

    " Read it with a student I am tutoring...great, quick read about a misdiagnosed boy who spends his life in instituations. Good book for kids. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristopher Mayfield | 3/2/2013

    " Sad,but sweet, book. Not for overly-sensitive people. I barely made it through this book-very well written and constantly has you tearing up!!! :') "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Molly | 1/15/2013

    " Wow, so touching. I don't cry often at books but hard a hard time it certain parts keeping it together for this one! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ariel Murray | 11/30/2012

    " My Mom and I loved it. ^ _ ^ "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Evan | 11/4/2012

    " A wonderful tale about life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carrington | 9/14/2012

    " OMG! this book made me laugh and made me cry. It really taught me the meaning of friendship. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kayley | 5/20/2012

    " OMGSH!!! this i think is one of my most favorite books of all time!!! it is soooooooooooo good! you haven't read anything if you haven't read this. it made me cry at the end "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Polina | 2/18/2012

    " The book was fine, we had to read it for Reading class, the story makes sense only in the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janet Hutcheson | 12/17/2011

    " I cry every time I read this book... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kayla D | 10/27/2011

    " A very good book. Well thought out. Shows the inner workings of a place with fleeting hope. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 8/26/2011

    " This was another one of those hard emotional reads, but I am glad that I finished it. I haven't had much experience with people who have these types of physical trials. I was completely blown away by what they go through. I am so grateful for my body no matter what shape it is. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kira Supernor | 7/15/2011

    " A sad but heart touching book. I can't tell you how many times I have read this book because it is so heart touching. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 lily | 7/8/2011

    " This book is, for lack of a better word, beautiful. it describes a man with cerebral palsy and his unseen intelligence. several people overlook his physical shortcomings and discover a great person. its a tear jerker. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chinglam | 6/28/2011

    " To me, this book is a very touching story! It teaches you to always appreciate things that you have; like Petey! He didn't have the things that you have! So, I really learnt a lot! Really, you must read this book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eoin | 4/10/2011

    " This book has so many great messages and shows that we must live life to its fullest. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ariel | 4/3/2011

    " My Mom and I loved it. ^ _ ^ "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 3/31/2011

    " This was another one of those hard emotional reads, but I am glad that I finished it. I haven't had much experience with people who have these types of physical trials. I was completely blown away by what they go through. I am so grateful for my body no matter what shape it is. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deborah | 3/2/2011

    " This is such a sweet and powerful story about a man who had cereberal palsy from birth and was thought
    an idiot. Petey has such a zest for life and his strength of character is astounding. I would highly reccomend this book for everyone! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kieran:) | 2/4/2011

    " I am reading it right now... So far amazing... No other word for it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda | 2/1/2011

    " I read this book for my lit class. I had to force myself not to cry in front of everyone today when we finished it. It was really good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tiger | 1/29/2011

    " This was the best book but it was sad at the end "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Coleen | 1/25/2011

    " This is a must read for adults and kids! Thanks for recommending it Riley! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Master | 1/25/2011

    " a good book, kinda sad though "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lauren | 1/22/2011

    " This book has stuck with me all my life. It is just as moving now as it is when I first read it in middle school. "

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About the Author
Ben Mikaelsen is the winner of the International Reading Association Award and the Western Writers of America Spur Award. His novels have been nominated for and won many state reader’s choice awards. These novels include Red Midnight, Rescue Josh McGuire, Sparrow Hawk Red, Stranded, Countdown, Petey, and Tree Girl. Ben’s articles and photos appear in numerous magazines around the world. Ben lives near Bozeman, Montana, with his 700-pound black bear, Buffy. You can visit Ben and Buffy online at www.benmikaelsen.com.
About the Narrator

L. J. Ganser is the winner of three AudioFile Earphones Awards and the 2005 Audie Award for Best Nonfiction Narration for his work in The Island at the Center of the World. He has appeared onstage in New York and in regional productions, has several episodes of Law & Order in his list of credits, and has recorded over two hundred audiobooks. Before becoming an actor, he was a ship’s cook in Maine, a roofer, a painter, and a swim team coach.