The Acorn People

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Poignant tale of five handicapped boys at a summer camp.

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Overview

Poignant tale of five handicapped boys at a summer camp.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780812421583
  • Publisher: Random House Childrens Books
  • Publication date: 6/28/1996
  • Pages: 79
  • Sales rank: 1,400,582
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2007

    cough

    it was good but not on th edge of your seat good i mean it wasn't exciting to me

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2007

    ok, i guess.

    I had to read this book for school and it was heart touching and blah blah blah but it kinda wasn't that good personally. It was a little to like i can't stand this word but, corny. Cuz like, its a little to schoolish and like another book about what to be thankful about and stuff. So no, i really don't recamend this.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2007

    i dont like this book

    i dislike this book ALOT book i had 2 read it and now i hav 2 do a report on it

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2003

    Acorn people was the worst book ever!!!

    maybe some people need a book to tell them how to respect the handicap, but i sure don't. i found the book completly dull and lacking in the entertainment part. Someone out there who has no respect for handicap people should really read this book but if you already do respect them then don't waste your time reading the Acorn People.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2002

    okay book

    It is a okay book but i would not recommend this book to adults. The ending is not that great either it was disappointing. The book kind of gives the message that, you should not make friends with handicaped kids because they live short lives. They kind of gave the message that you should live life good while your alive. The other message that they gave out was that handicapped kids have a very hard life. This book also shouldn't be read in high school because this book doesn't have a lot of action.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2013

    Moonstar

    No...I'm going to white light result one...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2013

    Nuttail

    ?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2012

    The acorn people

    This book can have some inappropiate things in it but for some ages it can be very good

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2012

    Elders den

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2012

    Hopeing it will be good

    It seems like a good short book with a good lesson to be taught. I hope it will be good?

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2011

    Recommend

    The Acorn People. Ron Jones. New York: Random House Children's Books. 1976. 80 pages.

    The Acorn People is mainly about the author's work and friendships at a camp designed for boy scouts, but is currently being used for children with disabilities. He encounters many challenges on his way to befriending the children under his and the other counselor Dominic's care. They quickly become friends. I like how this story tells about the children, and some may wonder what the disabled feel about themselves. This is a wonderful story for people with questions about the heart of the disabled. I believe the purpose of this story is to tell an interesting story from the author's past. This book is best for older children and up (about 10+).

    I find the adventures of the young men exciting. They encounter hurdles as they go along, that they pass easier than you might think. They enjoy their time at camp, and don't return to their state of needing pampered until reminded of the camp's soon closing. It is an interesting story and I believe the author did a good job of choosing a book that is appropriate for most ages.

    The story is written in a journal-type style, mostly day-by-day. It goes in chronological order. One line from this story may touch your heart: "Most will not live past their teen years. It is nature's way." I dislike the way this quote tells of broken friendships and families. Another quote is "If the Boy Scouts can climb that mountain, can we?" I find a sense of adventure in the boy who said this, nicknamed Benny B. I think this book achieves more than just its purpose. I usually don't like this genre, but this book is the exception.

    I think this book is great for most ages, but certain parts are inappropriate for young children. There are also words that most children would not know. This is a good book for almost any age.

    I highly recommend this novel to adolescents. It makes you appreciate your own life and think about what others have to go through. The author was entertaining and informative.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2008

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    not good

    i read this book in school and i hated it. so i really dont think its good

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2007

    A reviewer

    Omg, good this book is really interstiing, and really touched my heart and made me think about all these things that actually happen to people, i had to read 4 reading class in the 8th grade, now am 9th, and the title really didn't get 2 me at first, cuz am really scared of squirrls and didnt want to read about them either, but i figured out that the title has a another meaning, i really ADMRIE this book, and its really touches you heart, well at least it touched mines DEEPLY :'

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2007

    cool

    it was the best book i verey read

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2007

    So i did this book for a book report.. I had a lot to say about this.

    NOTE: JUST TO MAKE THIS CLEAR, YES, I DO HAVE A PHYSICAL DISABILITY MYSELF. Novel Overview This book had me intrigued from the start. I know you are not supposed to judge a book by it¿s cover, but I did. It had people in wheelchairs on it, and by some law, I was then obligated to read every word. Opening to the yellowed pages I was disgusted as I began to read words that described people with physical handicaps in the most disgusting, degrading way I could possibly imagine. The author decribed them as ¿lifeless bodies being placed akwardly in wheelchairs¿ and told of the blankets they wore over them ¿not to ward off the chill of the wind, but rather to hide their disfigurement.¿ I was appauled. I couldn¿t fathom why the author was describing these kids this way. This is a novel many young people are required to read in school, and this is how the author was portraying people with physical challenges? Despite my disgust, I continued to read. I am so grateful that I did, because this book touched me in a way I never thought a piece of literature could. It was a story of triumph, as people with bodies that did not do them much good learned to live, love, have fun and overcome. Over their summer at Camp Wiggin, a place not intended for the disabled, they forgot they were different, they engaged in activities they never thought they could, and made friendships seemingly impossible to make in society. I later realized the author described them this way not because of his own feelings towards people with disabilities, but how they used to be looked upon. This book shows that even the most differently abled can change the lives of everyone around them, and teach society something they might have never learned otherwise They are people too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2007

    Wow

    I had to read this book for an English project, but it truly touched me. I absolutely loved this book. It is very simple, but so deep and motivating. As a future teacher, I recommend this book to all teachers, counselors, and parents alike. Ron Jones shows us how important it is to be selfless in a world where there are so many striving to become someone everyday.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2007

    A reviewer

    I have read lots of these reviews and you guys were right! This is an amazing book. It tells a good story and it is so good. One of the best books i have ever read!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2007

    Middle School Reading Teacher

    The Acorn People does teach its readers to respect people with disabilities. However, the most engaging aspect of the story is that it also reveals the transformation of a very selfish young man, Ron Jones. I find it amazing that Ron Jones was so inspired by his Acorn people that his entire life was transformed. He continues to work with the disabled to this day.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2006

    A Book Remembered

    I would like to tell you all that I am 34 years old, and I had to read this book in the 4th grade. So like 24 years ago. I have remembered this title. I went out and found it in hopes of my 11 year old daughter would like to read it. She hasn't yet. But I have it for when she is ready. there are very few books that have been required reading that I have remembered the title of. I have re read it and enjoyed it now too. I feel that if after 24 years, and you know the title of a book that you were made to read, it must have been a good book and touched you in a way that you will never forget it. please read with your child. i hope they enjoyed as much as me. A very good read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2004

    the acorn people overlook

    their are these special kids with a lot of determination and courage. i would highly reccomend this book to teachers(middle school) this book will really help teach your kids about respecting disabled kids.

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