Free As a Bird (Paperback)
|Author: Gina Mcmurchy-barber|
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|"Ruby Jean Sharp comes from a time when being a developmentally disabled person could mean growing up behind locked doors and barred windows and being called names like ''retard'' and ''moron.'' Born with Down''s syndrome, Ruby Jean is lovingly cared for by her grandmother. But after Grandma dies when Ruby is eight, her mother takes her to Woodlands School in New Westminster, British Columbia, and never comes back. It''s here in an institution that opened in 1878 and was originally called the Provincial Lunatic Asylum that Ruby Jean learns to survive isolation, boredom, and every kind of abuse. Just when she can hardly remember if she''s ever been happy, she learns a lesson about patience and perseverance from an old crow"--P.  of cover.|
From the Publisher:
Born with Down's syndrome, Ruby Jean is cared for by her loving grandmother, but after she dies, Ruby is taken to the Woodlands School by her mother where she learns to survive isolation, boredom, and abuse.