Real, by Carol Cujec and Peyton Goddard, was a stellar read. The book is an intimate look into the thoughts of a young girl with severe autism. After reading this I immidiately asked my wife, Lady Bugg, to give the book a read. She wasn’t the only one I suggested it to. The reading level is more geared towards young adults, but the content is for all ages. Kudos Carol and Peyton, this book will leave a lasting impression on me.
Here is the summary from Amazon:
“My name is Charity. I am thirteen years old. Actually, thirteen years plus eighty-seven days. I love sour gummies and pepperoni pizza. That last part no one knows because I have not spoken a sentence since I was born. Each dawning day, I live in terror of my unpredictable body that no one understands. Charity may have mad math skills and a near-perfect memory, but with a mouth that can’t speak and a body that jumps, rocks, and howls unpredictably, most people incorrectly assume she cannot learn. Charity’s brain works differently from most people’s because of her autism, but she’s still funny, determined, and kind. So why do people treat her like a disease or ignore her like she’s invisible? <BR><BR> When Charity’s parents enroll her in a public junior high school, she faces her greatest fears. Will kids make fun of her? Will her behavior get her kicked out? Will her million thoughts stay locked in her head forever? With the support of teachers and newfound friends, Charity will have to fight to be treated like a real student.”
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