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category: Children's Fiction
published: March 2016
ISBN:9781459809840
publisher: Orca Book Publishers

Everyday Hero

by Kathleen Cherry

tagged: special needs, friendship
Description

Alice doesn’t like noise, smells or strangers. She does like rules. Lots of rules. Nobody at her new school knows she has Asperger’s, so it doesn’t take long for her odd behavior to get her into trouble. When she meets Megan in detention, she doesn’t know what to make of her. Megan doesn’t smell, she’s not terribly noisy, and she’s not exactly a stranger, but is she a friend? Megan seems fearless to Alice—but also angry or maybe sad. Alice isn’t sure which. When Megan decides to run away, Alice resolves to help her friend, no matter how many rules she has to break or how bad it makes her feel.

About the Author
Kathleen Cherry lives in northern British Columbia with her husband and two daughters. She loves working with children and empowering them to develop their creativity through writing. For more information, visit www.kathleencherry.ca.
Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
8 to 11
Grade:
4 to 7
Reading age:
9 to 12
Editorial Reviews

"[Alice's] difficulties, along with her steadfast courage, are effectively depicted...The happy outcome of their connection, as Alice describes a 'tingling, bubbling feeling' in her body when their friendship is cemented, makes the journey worthwhile. Insightful and sometimes moving, Alice's evolving coming-of-age provides a perceptive exploration of unexpected friendship in the face of disability."

— Kirkus Reviews

"Illuminating...Engaging."

— Booklist

"Cherry does a remarkable job of presenting Alice’s stream-of-consciousness thinking without letting it weigh down the story. The character’s tendency to focus on multiple definitions of words, in situations that perplex her, assists readers in understanding Alice’s point of view, and her reliance on previous experiences and rules when interpreting new situations captures an important aspect of autism...As Alice relates the story of her developing friendship with Megan, it unfolds as an honest account by an unfailingly accurate and likeable narrator. Her challenges with sensory stimulation and verbal communication are only part of her rich characterization, and readers will immediately perceive that there is a great deal more to Alice than any kind of diagnosis would suggest...While the short sentences and straightforward plot present this book as a story for younger readers, its characterization of Megan, a girl abused by her stepfather, may resonate more clearly with ages 10 to 12. Older children and adults, however, will overlook the intended audience in favour of the delightfully fresh perspective Alice provides...Highly Recommended."

— CM Magazine

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Everyday Hero

Alice doesn't like noise, smells or strangers. She does like rules. Lots of rules. Nobody at her new school knows she has Asperger's, so it doesn't take long for her odd behavior to get her into trouble. When she meets Megan in detention, she doesn't know what to make of her. Megan doesn't smell, she's not terribly noisy, and she's not exactly a stranger, but is she a friend?

Understanding and empathy can be explored in this novel about the story of friendship between Alice, a girl with Asperger’s syndrome, and Megan. The easy to read text is accessible for middle school students and teachers in this story about children’s rights, family responsibilities, and respecting differences.

Author available for school visits @KathleenCherry_

Source: Association of Canadian Publishers. Top Grade Selection 2016.

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