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Unlocked by Karen Kingsbury
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Oct 22, 2010

it was amazing
Read in October, 2010

I loved this inspirational story about Holden and Ella, very close childhood friends who were forced apart when they were three years old and their families went different ways. When Holden was three he started withdrawing into his own world; he was diagnosed autistic. It changes the lives of these two families--Ella's family moving away. Then when Ella's family moves back to town Ella and Holden both end up going to Fulton High School. At the beginning Ella is dating Jake, the football quarterback and trying out for the spring musical, Beauty and the Beast. When Jake starts bullying the autistic boy, Ella is struck by Holden's eyes. Then she discovers scrapbooks and realizes why Holden seems familiar. The book does a wonderful job portraying autism as well as bullying. It is not only about "unlocking" the world of an autistic child but also about unlocking the prison bullies make for their victims and for themselves. A great book for adults and for young adults, too.
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