Astronomy-loving Calliope June has Tourette syndrome, so she sometimes makes faces or noises that she doesn't mean to make. When she and her mother move yet again, she tries to hide her TS. But it isn't long before the kids at her new school realize she's different.Read more...
Astronomy-loving Calliope June has Tourette syndrome, so she sometimes makes faces or noises that she doesn't mean to make. When she and her mother move yet again, she tries to hide her TS. But it isn't long before the kids at her new school realize she's different. Only Calliope's neighbor, who is also the popular student body president, sees her as she truly is--an interesting person and a good friend. But is he brave enough to take their friendship public?
As Calliope navigates school, she must also face her mother's new relationship and the fact that they might be moving--again--just as she starts to make friends and finally accept her differences.
Ellie Terry's affecting debut will speak to a wide audience about being true to oneself.
- ISBN-13: 9781250096272
- ISBN-10: 1250096278
- Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
- Publish Date: March 2017
- Page Count: 336
- Reading Level: Ages 10-13
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2017-01-16
- Reviewer: Staff
Terrys debut novel thoughtfully traces the fragile emotions of two seventh graders: Calliope, a girl painfully self-conscious about having Tourette syndrome, and Jinsong, a popular boy she meets in her new town. Calliope is tired of moving every time her mother breaks up/ with one of her crazy boyfriends. Having just settled in St. George, Utah, shes glad to make friends with Jinsong, who lives in her apartment complex. But Jinsong begins distancing himself from Calliope when her uncontrollable impulses become more prominent and she becomes the target of cruel jokes at school. Sometimes my tics/ are like gentle whispers,/ asking me to do things,/ to say things.... But other times theyre like a/ SHOUT!/ Jumping out so loud and strong/ I could never hope to/ stop them, she explains. Meanwhile, Jinsong is torn between standing up for Calliope and preserving his status. Terry, who has Tourette syndrome herself, offers enormous insight into an often-misunderstood condition, writing in verse for Calliopes chapters and prose for Jinsongs. Her poetic explorations of Calliopes anxiety and Jinsongs moral struggles are honest and moving. Ages 1013. Agent: Steven Chudney, Chudney Agency. (Mar.)