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Teased at school about his younger brother, Jonno hopes his life will change when James goes to a school for autistic children. It does, but not in the way he expects.
Paperback, 160 pages
Published May 1st 1987 by Scholastic (first published May 1985)
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Gab McLaren
Feb 26, 2013 Gab McLaren rated it it was amazing
I will admit that I may not gush aloud or share it or own an abused copy of this novel, but it's my favourite book. It probably saved me when I was dealing with Jono's kind of stress to realise that there are some ugly emotions that are worth feeling and okay to feel. The fact that the ending wasn't jjust some happy ending about perseverance and family strength and acceptance was wonderful. It was unsure and sketchy but whole nevertheless because there never really is an ending for families ...more
Apr 26, 2008 Amanda rated it it was amazing
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I remember reading this one several times as a kid and always loving it. It's about a family dealing with their young 4-year-old son, James, who has autism. It's told from the perspective of the older brother, Jonno, who is 11 or 12. There's also a sister, Lizzie, who is 8. It shows how autism affects the entire family and the frustrations (and joy) they encounter.
Nov 29, 2016 Erin rated it it was amazing
I read this book for the first time back in the 80s when it came out. It was the first time I ever heard of autism. Autism was a virtually unknown condition at the time- most people later heard of it the first time from the movie Rainman.
This book is one of Martin's best. Well written, realistic and heart breaking. James is typical of autistic kids in that he was normal up until age two and then changed. His family has to learn to deal with his condition and try to help him function. Meanwhile,
Oct 26, 2015 Daniel rated it really liked it
A touching book about trying to fit in and accepting people where they are. I've read it several times now!
Sep 15, 2012 Liz rated it really liked it
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While Jonno and his family battle life with an autistic four-year-old, Jonno finds ways to make money and winds up helping his brother.
Sep 03, 2014 Wisty rated it really liked it
It game back to me suddenly that I read this! That was back when I tried to read every Ann M. Martin book I could get my hands on!
Feb 13, 2015 Gina rated it liked it
Pretty good in showing some of the stresses that a family can have with an autistic child, but also with how it is to not feel cool.
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the book that started my obsession with autism.
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Ann Matthews Martin was born on August 12, 1955. She grew up in Princeton, New Jersey, with her parents and her younger sister, Jane. After graduating from Smith College, Ann became a teacher and then an editor of children's books. She's now a full-time writer.

Ann gets the ideas for her books from many different places. Some are based on personal experiences, while others are based on childhood me
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