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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  14 ratings  ·  4 reviews
Picture Holden Caulfield in 2004: smart but unfocussed, energetic but restless; creative but disorganized, with a smutty mouth. He's mostly unmotivated, really screwing up at school. He detests his autistic younger brother Austin. With his mother obsessed with caring for Austin, and his scientist father immersed in his research, Guy, the twelve-year-old Everyman his name i ...more
Paperback, 205 pages
Published June 1st 2007 by Porcupine's Quill (first published May 1st 2007)
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This book was the very first author request I ever received for my blog. I probably knew then and there that it wasn't for me. I'm not much on realistic fiction—not enough escape for me. But it claimed to feature a wolf, and it had one on the cover, so despite my reservations, I said I would give it a try.

Unfortunately I was right, this book wasn't really for me.

Guy Ritter is a typical twelve-year-old boy. He doesn't pay attention in school, doesn't go out of
In Bonnie Rozanski's “Borderline” we see several children's powerlessness to control what occurs in their life, oft-times leaving them stunned and dismayed by changes around them. At one point Guy laments “Parents keep trying to force their kids to do what's good for them, but all that's about is what the parents want, not what the kids want, and that's not fair...” If you have a teen, or are one, you can surely imagine heads nodding in agreement and recognition.

Bonnie displays a pure grasp of t
Louise Marley
Terrific read, with plenty to offer young readers and even more, I think, for older ones. The book is a persuasive blend of great voice, high stakes, and solid scientific underpinning. Rozanski uses autism as a focus to explore family issues as well as environmental ones, and does it in the most entertaining way, with a thirteen-year-old protagonist who is smart and funny and painfully human. BORDERLINE reminds me yet again why I love reading young adult and middle-grade fiction.
I picked this up in a bookstore in Canada because it was published by a Canadian publisher and looked kind of old school. Then I brought it home and read the preface and thought "oh boy, this is going to be a vaccine/autism conspiracy book, I better read it quick before I never read it". It ended up not buying into the vaccine/autism conspiracy but it did buy into infodumping like nobody's business. so, yeah. not my best bookstore choice.
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Bonnie is an author and prize-winning playwright currently living in New Jersey. Born in Queens, New York, she has lived in Hong Kong, Canada, and all over the US. With degrees in Psychology and Artificial Intelligence, always fascinated by the human mind, Bonnie writes on matters touching on consciousness and the human condition.

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