Readers may at first be misled, thinking that the wild kid of the title is the worried-looking boy clinging with long slender fingers to a cliff in the eye-catching jacket painting. However, once they reach the pictured climactic scene, readers may be surprised that the lad portrayed is the story’s very tame protagonist, Sammy, a pudgy, maladroit 12-year-old with Down syndrome.
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