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Can You See Me?

4.54  ·  Rating details ·  238 ratings  ·  44 reviews
Tally is eleven years old and she's just like her friends. Well, sometimes she is. If she tries really hard to be. Because there's something that makes Tally not the same as her friends. Something she can't ignore, no matter how hard she tries: Tally is autistic.
Tally's autism means there are things that annoy her even though she wishes they wouldn't. It means that p
Paperback, 365 pages
Published May 2nd 2019 by Scholastic
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Jun 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A great book.
Another book I bought for my kids bookshelf to allow them to see into another world. It’s extremely important these MG books are available for kids to read and gain an understanding about people that may be around them and how they may/may not think/feel/act differently - and that’s ok!
Karen Barber
Jun 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Can You See Me? is a definite one to recommend.
We focus on the story of Tally, a young girl just starting Year Seven. She tries very hard to be 'normal' and to fit in but doesn't always find it easy because she is autistic. While her experience might not be the same for everyone, it certainly offers a glimpse into her life and offers the reader a chance to walk in her shoes a while. However, it goes beyond sharing just her experience as an autistic child; focusing on how many of her peers
Ruth This one
Aug 12, 2019 rated it liked it
A book about an autistic girl starting high school, the trials and tribulations and insights. Definitely going to make its way onto my daughter's book case. Reading is the best way to see life from a different perspective.
Powerful insight into the world of autism. My full review here:
Rachel Wilce
May 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fabulous, I've just finished reading after bolting it down in one sitting! "Can You See Me?" by Libby Scott and Rebecca Westcott is aimed I think at 9-11 year olds, but should be essential reading for all parents, teachers, kids, siblings..... for anyone, whether you have an autistic child in your life or not. It's the bravely written story of Tally, covering a few months of her life as she starts Year 7 at senior school. It made me laugh, it made me cry, and at times it was uncomfortable readin ...more
Nia Talbot
Sep 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A fantastic book which gives everyone an insight into autism for some people. An interesting read and greatly needed to be read by adults and children alike.
Naomi Forrest
Jul 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book has been the book all over Twitter and all those raving about it were so on point!
I have just finished training as a teacher and have worked closely with children with autism throughout the year. You do all the training, you apply all the approaches but if you've met one child with autism, you've met one child with autism. Reading this book hit hard; I recognised so many of the scenarios that the protagonist, Tally, goes through and saw it through the eyes of those children for t
Angel McGregor
May 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I first heard about this book from customers in store asking about it after the authors had appeared on TV. I immediately ordered a copy, wanting to read it myself as it sounded like a fantastic idea to have inside knowledge when writing this story!
Rebecca and Libby did a brilliant job of portraying Tally and her autism in this story and I love that it is aimed at children the same age as the main character. I believe it is important that the younger generation know and understand learning
Rachel Page
Oct 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, children-s-books
Tally is just starting Secondary School and if that wasn't stressful enough, she is autistic. On top of the normal struggles that everyone goes through, she struggles everyday to hide everything that makes her different. Making mistakes she doesn't understand, Tally fights her way through.

This is a collaboration between two people: Rebecca Westcott and Libby Scott. Scott is a 11 year old girl with autism and the story is based on diary entries that she made herself. It gives the nove
Ryan Brinn
Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved everything about this!! It gave me a very useful insight into the day to day struggles of a girl living with autism as she transitions from primary to secondary school. The transition period is difficult for all children and the addition of additional sensory requirements, stimming, social anxiety, fear of standing out, struggle of fitting in and constant unwanted battles with others is not helpful for Tally. It gave us first hand implications of the way simple teasing or lack ...more
Rebecca Burland
May 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the story of eleven year old autistic girl Tally as she takes the huge step of starting secondary school. At first she thinks she can count on her friends from primary school to help her through, but as friendship dynamics change she's forced to confront a lot of challenges, at school and at home. As the mother of an autistic girl I found this an extremely moving read, I had tears in my eyes at several points. It has really helped me to see my daughter's perspective and I think anyone wh ...more
Aug 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Can you see me is a book about a girl with autism and her struggles throughout middle school life inside and out. This book is different than other books I have read as it’s based on a true story written in the perspective of 11 year old Libby Scott.
This feature makes the book interesting because it includes her diary entries and in them it includes an amount of information on a section of Autism which helps you understand more about this social syndrome and why people with it reacts in ce
Hari Goodman
Jun 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely fantastic piece of literature especially for children adapting to secondary (high) school. It has just to right amount of factual information for me and I learnt so much from it. It was written with flare and you can tell that the story was from past experiences and is just so original. Would highly recommend to anyone who has a disability (although it does focus on autism) as it has a really good moral behind it and just to everybody as the situation which Tally finds herself with he ...more
Nicola  Alone
Jul 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Can you see me? Is the story of Tally Adams, a young girl with autism as she begins secondary school. We follow her as she attempts to 'fit into' the crowd and navigate tough life decisions.

I really liked this book and it should be a recommended read on all teacher training courses. The writing is honest and the diary entries written by Libby Scott clearly explain some of the 'symptoms' of autism in a very child friendly way. There were so many experiences that even I could relate to as 'neroty
Sep 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
What a fabulous book! I’ve read a lot of middle-grade fiction about children on the autism spectrum over the years. I’ve also read a lot of non-fiction reference books, educational books and advice for parents on the subject. And I’ve lived the experience (as a parent). But this is the first time I’ve seen an autistic girl’s real experiences and diary incorporated so well into a compelling and moving children’s novel. Highly recommended for anyone (autistic or neurotic-typical, young reader, tea ...more
Stephen Connor
A really thought-provoking insight into life with autism, as Tally makes the difficult transition from primary to secondary. She faces the same difficulties as lots of other children, such as breakdowns in friendships, but has to deal with sarcasm from teachers, a lack of clarity in instruction, and dealing with changes at home as her dad falls ill and a neighbour’s dog temporarily moves in.

Punctuated by diary entries from Libby Scott, giving a true insight of what it is like to have autism, I
Emily Jenkins
Jul 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
A true insight into life with Autism. Through the diary entries, rules and truths you are able to understand and experience what Tally feels through her story. Working with Autistic children can be challenging at times but I feel the book provided me with real ‘food for thought’ and how certain situations should be handled. A slow starter, but with a heart warming finishing (no spoilers) the story showed how self-belief and confidence can unlock a whole other world.

I would defiantly recommend t
Rebecca Rouillard
Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
11-year-old Tally is starting secondary school but she has a secret that only her close friends and family know - Tally is autistic and she spends a lot of time and energy trying to act like everyone else so she will fit in. Tally’s narrative is interspersed with diary excerpts written by 11-year-old Libby Scott inspired by her own experience of autism. Autism, at the milder end of the spectrum, does tend to be portrayed in books and films as a fun personality quirk but this story reveals the st ...more
Aug 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lo-tengo
This book will make you think.
Think about how we treat other people, how we feel emotions and how we cope with them.
Definitely the autistic approach is something new and I loved the perspective of the book.
But what I loved even more is the fact that the whole story emphasis the fact that we are all different and so are our emotions and feelings.

Not to mention that this book is perfect for non English speakers (as me 😉). The narrative and the short chapters make it r
May 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
How can I not give 5 stars to this book.

Libby is amazing. She tells life as it is through her diary entries. We really could do with more books like this, so that stories from all over are illuminated for all to see.
We are all human. We are all important. We are all different and that should be embraced.

Autistic and starting secondary school. What could go wrong?
Emotional and enlightening, I feel this story is written so well.

Read the synopsis, read the book
Stephanie wood
Jul 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliantly written and a wonderful insight

Having looked after an autistic child this has made me think about my actions and how they impact that child. I have more of an understanding now (which I though was there before) I am already noticing the effects this book has had on my relationship with said child and how to use words differently to divert the "meltdowns" keep on believing Libby you're a credit to yourself. You must be so proud!
Suzanne Bhargava
Such a moving middle grade story about a girl with autism who’s trying to navigate the new social politics of secondary school. It’s a wonderful window/mirror book - allowing the reader to look into someone else’s life, or see themselves reflected back to them (like in the case of my ASC son, who said that Tally is both a lot like him but also very different).

A big empathy builder.
Kathy Whitmore
Aug 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Provides wonderful insight into the thinking and feeling of a strong girl’s life. The protagonist’s metacognitive narrative about having autism offers insight about autism, but enriches introspection for every reader, too. I enjoyed listening to this book on audible. Recommend!
Naomi Cook
May 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Expertly written. A great story line about a child with autism “fitting in” but really learning to stand out whilst heading through her transition to secondary school. Whilst the main storyline is about autism- which is incredibly informative- the story helps us to realise that everyone is unique, special and has their own challenges in life
This book is a must read for any child to understand how we are all different but essential for anyone with autism, living with someone with autism, or teac
Kirsten Fraser
Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
This is an extremely moving story with immense insight on how a child with ASD feels on a day to day basis. Love the diary entries that form a how to understand ASD guide. I know that it will change the way I teach and I will share it with colleagues to help spread awareness.
Matt Hunt
Aug 01, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: emotional, 2019
This autie reader could not cope with reading about an autie character being really autie. Far too uncomfortable for me, which is most likely extremely unfair to the book. You should read it anyway, it’s pretty decent apart from how I reacted to it.
Hayley R
Sep 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Just finished this. My daughter (age 10) bought it in the summer and suggested I read it. It is brilliant. A must read for all kids, a great insight into what it’s like to be autistic. Teacher friends, please read this book too... I can’t recommend it highly enough.
Chris Parkinson-Best
Aug 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Incredible book! Highly recommended reading for teachers and anyone who works with a diverse group of young people. This book is up there in the high calibre of ‘Wonder’, following one young person’s experiences through school, friendships, family relationships and life in general.
May 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
I loved this. A wonderful insight into one girl’s life - the ups and downs - of getting through friendships, family life and changes with autism. This made me laugh, it made me cry and it made me think about how different I am. Bloody bravo.
Anna Wigley
Sep 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
A very good book. It tells people about autism and I really like the way the book is written. It taught me a lot about autism as well.
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