Through alternating narratives based on their own lives, Ryan Elizabeth Peete and her twin brother, RJ, who has autism, bravely and honestly reveal what it means to be a teen living with the disorder.
With insight and humor, "Same But Different" explores the many aspects of teen autism, while daring to address issues and feelings nobody talks about. This powerfully rendered, timely book is the only one of its kind. It paints an important story of hope for teens and families living with autism and lets us see that everybody s unique rhythm is worth dancing to.
- ISBN-13: 9780545094689
- ISBN-10: 0545094682
- Publisher: Scholastic Press
- Publish Date: February 2016
- Page Count: 224
- Reading Level: Ages 8-12
- Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.7 x 0.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.6 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-11-30
- Reviewer: Staff
The Peetes (My Brother Charlie) revisit the topic of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), this time in a novel featuring fictionalized versions of twin teenagers Ryan Elizabeth and RJ Peete, coauthors with their mother. Fifteen-year-old Callie loves her brother Charlie, yet after years of constant supervision, Team Charlie meetings, and explanations to teachers, she is eager to escape the The Charlie Show when she begins 10th grade while Charlie repeats ninth. Though Charlie is similarly happy to be away from his sister, he needs her love and attention as he navigates a world of mean-spirited friends and dating mishaps, as well as the loss of a favorite pet. The Peetes excel in representing the multiple adjustments needed to accommodate ASD, from the cacophony of sounds, smells, and colors that agitate Charlie to the way a simple dinner must be arranged to avoid an outburst. Told in the alternating voices of Charlie and Callie, the short vignettes are rife with saccharine motivational sayings (Even though I have autism, autism doesnt have me), which detract from an otherwise thoughtful presentation of autisms impact on a family. Ages 12up. (Feb.)