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My Brother Charlie

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From bestselling author and actress Holly Robinson Peete--a heartwarming story about a boy who happens to be autistic, based on Holly's son, who has autism.

"Charlie has autism. His brain works in a special way. It's harder for him to make friends. Or show his true feelings. Or stay safe." But as his big sister tells us, for everything that Charlie can't do well, there are
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published March 1st 2010 by Scholastic Press
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Feb 12, 2015 Illeyana rated it it was amazing
This was a very powerful and inspirational book. I loved the story from cover to cover. I recommend it for everyone. It is an eye opener for how siblings may feel about a disorder, but the love that is shared never leaves.
Oct 26, 2014 Alison rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 520realisticfic
"My Brother Charlie" has won multiple awards including The Dolly Gray Award in 2012, and The Best Children's Book of the Year in 2011. In "My Brother Charlie", Callie and Charlie are twins. Charlie is different from Callie in many ways. The book walks through their differences before offering the information that Charlie has autism. Although Charlie has autism, he is still portrayed in this book enjoying activities that all children enjoy. This book is written from the perspective of Callie. She ...more
Mar 01, 2016 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
My Brother Charlie is a book about a twin brother who was diagnosed with autism. The book is told from the twin sister's perspective which is very interesting because she is able to see how different members of her family and classmates/friends respond to Charlie.

This would be a great book to use with multiple grade levels. Students who are around autistic children or siblings can find value with in the book because it does a great job of explaining the differences between children while showin
Valerie Barnhart
1. Text to self is my connection for this book. This story makes me think of three students that I work with on a daily basis who are at different areas on the spectrum. Reading this text in relation to Charlie and how he fits in his family, gave me a true appreciation of the way these students fit into our school with their friends and classmates. Each one has special talents and strengths that they bring to a group. Individually they struggle with some of the simple daily tasks, but when they ...more
Lisa Suchy
Twin brother and sister, Charlie and Callie, have a lot of similarities. They both have curly hair and brown eyes, they both like music, and they both love their dog Harriett. When Callie was younger, she would talk about nature, look up and the stars, and told her mom "I love you". Sadly, Charlie did not do this. Everyone said Charlie is "just being a boy", but his mom felt differently. Charlie has autism. This wonderful story is told from Callie's perspective about her brother Charlie and how ...more
Jessica B
May 30, 2015 Jessica B rated it it was amazing
Shelves: digital-texts
I read this on the kindle app. Callie is a young girl who has a twin brother Charlie. Charlie has autism. She goes through the book explaining how he is a little bit different from herself. He struggles with some of the things that she can do, but he can also do many amazing things that she cannot! Charlie is special because he has all the presidents memorized, can play the piano magnificently, and knows all about airplanes. She also discusses how Charlie struggles with showing his emotions and ...more
Mar 06, 2016 Erin rated it it was amazing
This is a sweet story about a boy named Charlie who is autistic. His twin sister Callie tells the story and shares what it is like to live with an autistic person. "His brain works in a special way. It's harder for him to make friends. Or show his true feelings. Or stay safe." Callie shares that although it can be hard to have Charlie as her twin, he has all sorts of talents and they love each other very much.

I love that this story is told from Callie's point of view. It helps others see the joy
Oct 30, 2015 Paige rated it it was amazing
My Brother Charlie written by Holly Robinson Pete was a cute book that sheds light on autism. This story was a personal one for her and she had twins and the boy had autism. It goes through the day to day life of living with someone with autism. It talks about the ups and downs and how sometimes it is hard to feel so far away from someone you love but you have to know its not personal. I think this book would be really good for someone who loves someone with the disability because it shows that ...more
RLL 520 Sharonda Kimbrough
Sometimes love has to be shown because it can't be spoken. Charlie and Callie are twins with a very special bond. However, one day, mom notices something is different about Charlie. He's quiet;too quiet! After a trip to the doctor his family learns that there is something mysterious about Charlie and his family fears things will never be the same again. This is a great book to teach the k-3 reader about differences and about autism.
It was a quick and personal read for me this morning while looking for books in the children's room.
Oct 28, 2015 Allison rated it it was amazing
My Brother Charlie by Holly Robinson Peete and Ryan Elizabeth Peete with Denene Millner takes a closer look at the similarities and differences between a set of twins named Callie and Charlie. While they look similar, they have different interests and have different ways of expressing themselves and their feelings. Their Mom becomes worried about Charlie as he grows up and struggles to explain how he feels and make friends. The doctor tells them that Charlie has Autism. Callie explains the hard ...more
Molly Finnerty
Jun 29, 2015 Molly Finnerty rated it it was amazing
"My Brother Charlie" tells the story of twins, Callie and Charlie. Callie knows that her brother is different; he has trouble concentrating, he does not like to make eye contact, he is very quiet at times, and he does not say "I love you". Callie knows that although her brother is not like most children, she still has unconditional love for him and wants to show him that even when he won't play with her or speak to her. Callie knows they have good times together and bad times together, just like ...more
Apr 24, 2015 Melissa rated it it was amazing
My Brother Charlie is one of my primary multicultural books.

This book is about a set of twins named Callie and Charlie. The book is told by one of the twins, Callie. It starts out by telling how Callie and Charlie like a lot of the same things but, they are also very different. Callie goes on to explain as her and Charlie get older her mother begins to notice that Charlie is different than Callie so, she takes him to the doctor and finds out that Charlies' brain works differently because he has
Jessica Kelly
My Brother Charlie, by Holly Robinson Peete, is the story of a set of twins that have a lot of differences. Callie's twin brother, Charlie has autism and the story explains how she sorts through their differences. She explains that there might be some things that he can't do well, but there are plenty more things that he's good at. She does her best to be the best "big" sister (by two minutes) that she can be and loves her little brother for all that he is.

Text-to-Self: I was able to relate to t
Rebecca Burkhardt
Apr 23, 2015 Rebecca Burkhardt rated it it was amazing
My Brother Charlie is one of my primary multicultural books, this is about a child with autism. This book describes parents who had fraternal twins named Callie and Charlie. This book is told in first person from the eyes of Callie. She says how her and Charlie are they can be similar and different in their hobbies. Then their mom notices that Charlie is not average like Callie and a doctor diagnoses him with autism. Callie describes how different and distant Charlie can sometimes be. Then how s ...more
Maria Fitz
Apr 18, 2015 Maria Fitz rated it it was amazing
Text to Self: This book relates to me because I not only have family members with Autism, but I actually work one on one with children with autism on a daily basis, and see them struggle with these same things that Charlie struggles with. I work with a girl who doesn't like to be touched, does not talk or have any social skills and struggles to make friends because of these things. I think this book is awesome and encouraging to those children with Autism spectrum disorder.

Text to Text: This bo
Mar 21, 2015 Kelsy rated it it was amazing
Multicultural Picture Book #1

I loved this book. I could relate to this in that, when I started middle school, I met a few boys that had autism. I wish that I had known about this book at the time though. It was a very simple way to learn about some of the differences between people with autism and people without. I remember how one of the boys was very good at some things while he struggled a lot with others. My Brother Charlie told of this and of many other things. Because of these reasons, I t
Haley Potts
Dec 02, 2014 Haley Potts rated it liked it
One picture storybook I read was My Brother Charlie by Holly Robinson Peete and Ryan Elizabeth Peete and illustrated by Shane W. Evans. The front cover has a picture of whom I would assume to be the girl telling about her brother Charlie, and Charlie. There is a dog licking the boy, but this is all that is in the picture. It is fairly simple so the front cover does not give much about what the story will be about. The pictures have a two-dimensional look to them.
This story is narrated through th
May 01, 2014 Jaden rated it it was amazing
I absolutely adored this book. I grew up with 2 handicapped foster sisters so I was able to see daily the struggles they faced. Although they do not have Autism like Charlie, I noticed things they were great at and also things they were not so great at. My oldest sister can fold laundry like it is her job- and loves doing it! However, she is not advanced enough to bathe herself, drive, or cook meals. I feel for Charlie's sister because I know how difficult it is to see people you love struggling ...more
May 01, 2014 Rachelle rated it really liked it
Text-to-Self: I have worked with two young people who have autism. The differences between them is remarkable. This disorder doesn't look just one way. It's difficult to understand something when it looks different each time I encounter it. "My Brother Charlie" is an account of a twin sister's experience with her own brother who has autism. This makes me deeply curious what kind of story the siblings of the young men I know would tell if they were to write a book.

Text-to-Text: "Autism" by Marlen
Trey Stuthman
Apr 22, 2014 Trey Stuthman rated it really liked it
This story is an extremely simple story: a girl has a twin brother who has autism and she explains why she loves her brother and how they are different. One line towards the end of the book sums the entire book up: "Charlie has autism. But autism doesn't have Charlie" (Peete 27).

Text-to-Self: While reading this book, I immediately made a connection to a mission trip I took in 2010 to Alabama. Down in Alabama I was matched with a child who had autism to watch over him for the time I was with him
Feb 12, 2014 Nicole rated it it was amazing
My Brother Charlie
by Holly Robinson Peete

Raise your hand if you have a brother or sister. What are some of the activities you like to do with your brother/sister? How are you different from your brother/sister?

In this story, we learn about a brother and sister, Carrie and Charlie, who are close and enjoy many similar activities. However, these siblings are also different. Charlie has autism. When a child has autism is it sometimes harder for the child to make friends, show feelings, or sometime
Christina Venturelli
Mar 05, 2015 Christina Venturelli rated it really liked it
In this biography fiction children’s book, it is a true story about twins: Callie and Charlie. However, Charlie has autism. The twins’ family learn how to deal and cope with Charlie’s autism. Throughout the story, it explains Charlie’s likes and dislikes and Callie’s likes and dislikes. Also, it teaches readers that people who do have autism that it is hard for them to express their emotions. This story makes readers think of what a child with autism really thinks about versus a person who does ...more
Jun 15, 2014 Amanda rated it it was amazing
Shelves: literature-class
With the inclusion of Special Education students into the classroom, this is a great read to help students understand their peers. I believe that bullying derives from a lack of understanding of our differences. This book travels a young girl and her twin brother Charlie that has Autism. Students learn about Charlie and why he acts a certain way. When students understand why Charlie sometimes has a tricky time, they are more likely to be empathetic towards students with special needs. Moreover, ...more
Gounah Choi
Nov 24, 2015 Gounah Choi rated it really liked it
Shelves: diversity
In this book, Callie introduces her twin brother Charlie. Charlie has autism. It is difficult for him to make friends or express feelings or stay safe. However, there are also many things Charlie is good at. He remembers all American presidents' names and plays piano very well. Although he does not say "I love you" often, Callie understands that he has many different ways to say "I love you." The description of Charlie in this book summarize typical characteristics that children with autism coul ...more
Megan Mandl
Feb 26, 2015 Megan Mandl rated it it was amazing
Personal Response: This is one of my favorite children's books. This book does a fantastic job of explaining autism and negating misconceptions in a way that kids can understand. It is told from the perspective of the twin sister of a boy with autism. It exposes children to a character who has autism which is not often represented in children's books. I love that one of the authors, Ryan Elizabeth Peete, said that his goal with this book was to show that "Kids with autism are valuable human bein ...more
1) I would write “Autism” on the board. I would ask students to share what they think autism is. I would then give the definition of autism to the students. After this I would share the title of the story “My Brother Charlie”. I would ask students to make predictions of the story based on the title.
2) The openings I used were tell the meaning of a key word and the second is prompting predictions based on the title.
3) The goal of reading this book was to share the differences that children and
Dec 06, 2014 Jrowe rated it really liked it
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Peete, H. and Peete, R. My Brother Charlie. (2010) New York: Scholastic Press

Realistic Fiction

Dolly Gray Award, 2012
Comstock Book Award Honor Book, 2011
Best Children's Books of the Year, 2011 Bank Street College of Education
Choices, 2011 Cooperative Children's Book Center

This story of a girl's relationship and understanding of her twin, autistic, brother dives right into the heart of the child's disability. The autistic child's difficulty relating to others and expressi
Nicole Schott
Apr 04, 2016 Nicole Schott rated it it was amazing
In this book, two twins recount their experiences living with each other. Charlie the brother has autism and the mains plot of this book is his sister describing her relationship with Charlie and what having a special needs brother is like. Throughout the book it is seen how things differ between sibling relationships when one has a medical condition. The main message in the book is that regardless of Charlie having autism, their sibling relationship isn't affected. They still love each other an ...more
Gabrielle Blockton
Date: November 25th, 2014

Author: Holly Robinson Peete and Ryan Elizabeth Peete with Denene Millner; Pictures by Shane W. Evans

Title: My Brother Charlie

Plot: Holly Robinson Peete's picture-book that she has co-written with her daughter focuses on the life of twins Callie and Charlie, siblings that have been inseparable since birth, yet they are extremely different.

Setting: Callie and Charlie's home; Various settings

Characters: Callie and Charlie

Point-of-View: First-Person

Theme: Family; Differen
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Holly Elizabeth Robinson Peete is an American actress and singer. She is perhaps best known for her roles as Judy Hoffs on the Fox TV police drama 21 Jump Street, Vanessa Russell on the ABC sitcom Hangin' with Mr. Cooper, and Dr. Malena Ellis on the NBC/WB sitcom For Your Love. After graduating from high school, Peete entered Sarah Lawrence College in New York. She majored in psychology and French ...more
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