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Robert Hoge was born with a tumor the size of a tennis ball in the middle of his face and short, twisted legs. After a raft of surgeries, he survived but was left legless, with a face molded by surgeons, including a new nose made from one of his discarded toes. Strangers stared at him, kids called him names, and adults could be cruel in their own ways. Everybody seemed to agree that Robert was "ugly." But Robert refused to let his face dictate his entire life. He had a happy childhood with his four siblings, filled with trips to the beach, troublemaking schemes, friendship and games. When adults told he couldn't play sports, he found one that he could. When bullies called him names, he learned how to handle them. And when he was faced with the biggest choice of his life--between a surgery that might make his looks less striking but could destroy his sight, and living with his "ugly" face forever--Robert followed his heart.
Publisher: Toronto :, Puffin Canada,, 2016.
ISBN: 9780670070152
Characteristics: 200 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Robinson, Keith 1968-


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May 20, 2019

Ugly by Robert Hoge was a story about a young boy who lived with a physical disability, specifically: a severe facial disfigurement from birth and the loss of both feet and partial loss of both legs. This required a great deal of courage, patience, perseverance, and inner strength on his part. This story exhibits both kindness and the cruel nature exhibited by many among us.

Kindness, when a classmate David reached out and grabbed Robert’s hand and helped him get down the stairs at school (page 47-48) and cruelty and ignorance when he was nicknamed: Stumpy, Cripple, Retard, Ugly Face, Go-Go-Gadget Rob and worse, i.e., Toe Nose, Pages (127-135). Recommended for all ages by Senior Doctor-at-Bass-Fishing! D. A.

Jan 11, 2019

Ages 8-12

Jul 03, 2017

This funny, charming book talks about the difficult childhood of Robert Hoge. He teaches us to embrace our differences, and be courageous in different situations. If you liked Palacio's Wonder, you will love this book too!

May 29, 2017

Charming, candid, straight-forward and funny. With this novel, Robert Hoge teaches us a lot about living with a disability, but more about living as someone with strength, tenacity and grace. A great read for young and old, and for those folks who might never have lived with, nor encountered anyone with a visible disability.

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