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Laura's May 2019 pick, 2 of 3
This book is Very Good. The main character is nonverbal and autistic and the author (who is also autistic) does a wonderful job of portraying those qualities. This would be a really good book for an autistic kid (or adult), a sibling or parent of an autistic kid, or someone who works with autistic kids, because it gives a really good idea of how our thought processes work and how we communicate. Also, the story is very enthralling, and written so well that you feel every loss that Nova lives through. It's really nice to see a character who thinks like I do in a middle grade book.
“It’s 1986, and Nova is eagerly awaiting the launch of the space shuttle Challenger. She loves astronomy, plus her sister, Bridget, promised she’d be back for the launch, no matter what. Nova is autistic and nonverbal, and navigating a new foster family and a new school alone is extra tough; no one but Bridget has ever fully understood that she’s a whole, intelligent person. As Nova counts down to the launch, we share in her excitement, her worries, her grief, and her joys. Panteleakos, who is on the spectrum herself, has crafted a compelling, compassionate debut.”
— Madeline Shier, Powell's Books, Portland, OR
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