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Can You See Me?

4.46  ·  Rating details ·  565 ratings  ·  82 reviews
A coming-of-age story about learning to celebrate yourself -- and teaching the world to recognize you, too -- perfect for fans of R. J. Palacio's Wonder!
"This glimpse into the world of a young autistic girl is astonishingly insightful and honest. Tally's struggles to 'fit in' are heart-wrenching, and her victories are glorious." -- Ann M. Martin, Newbery Honor and New York
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published March 3rd 2020 by Scholastic Press (first published May 2nd 2019)
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C.G. Drews
This. This right here, is what I want to see in autism books. It's been a while since I read a book that so accurately captured autism and made sure to wrap the reader in warm hug through all the pain. I can't even count how many times I've been gutted by autistic books forcing the characters to change or just relying on problematic stereotypes...and then we get THIS. I feel so seen, truly. One of the author's is autistic and it so so shows. Gahhhh. I did not expect to feel this many things.

Jun 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great book.
Another book I bought for my kids bookshelf to allow them to see into another world. Its 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 thats ok!
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites, owned
This is an amazingly written book about a girl called Tally who is autistic and her journey, the lessons she learns and the life she leads.
Karen Barber
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 also
Dec 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This has been a very eye-opening read.
The fact that this book has been inspired by a young girl called Libby using her diary entries of her life with autism has made this book so much more pleasure to read as Libbys voice is heard through the character tally.
I found it quite an emotional read, enjoyable and Ive already recommended it to a friend as I know that she will enjoy it as much as I did.
A Severs
Feb 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A true-to-life story about a girl with autism co-written by a girl with autism.

I started to read this last year but had to stop as it was all too near to the bone: we were filling in a 19 page form about one of my daughters to start the assessment process.

However, we are now a little further down the road and I suppose I am more accepting and more than ready to understand my daughter in any way I can.

Many people in support groups recommends this book so I picked it back up.

It is early days but I
Rachel Wilce
May 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
An extra star, maybe, for importance. Co-written by an 11-yr-old with autism, this was an exhausting read, in that it draws a thorough picture of how exhausting it is for Tally to navigate middle school life with autism, and how exhausting it can be to be her parents and older sister. The scene in which well-ish-meaning girls at a slumber party work to give Tally a makeovereach step more acutely painful than the next for sensory-overloaded Tallyhad me feeling her physical pain. While the book ...more
M.L. Little
Feb 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
@kidlitexchange Partner: Can You See Me? by Libby Scott, Rebecca Westcott, and @scholasticinc. Releases March 3.
🐯 I had to borrow the Kid Lit Exchange photo because I happily mailed my copy off and then realized I never took a photo. Dont let my hurry to get it out of the house confuse you. I actually loved this book.
Tally is an Autistic 11-year-old who loves real animals, stuffed animals, and Peppa Pig. Right away I liked her because I also love all of those things. Especially my homie Peppa
• Year of Sophie and Amy  • books 2020
'There is something different about me that stands out from everyone else: I have autism'

Sweetest story about autism and real life.

Tally Olivia Adams is 12 years old and in 7th grade with her friends Lucy Aisha and Layla. Her big sister Nell is boring and annoying. Her parents struggle to help her with her autism. Tally life turns around as unexpected events come around ....

There is no major twists or turns I'll say, but it is a sad and uplifting story altogether. Tally endures rough times and
Christina Reid
Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely fantastic book following Tally as she joins Year 7 in a new school and the challenges that come along with that, especially as she is autistic in a world where autism is not well understood or tolerated.
Full review to come soon on my blog as I have lots of thoughts about this one - essential reading for any teachers!
Ruth This one
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:
Nia Talbot
Sep 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Ryan Brinn
Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Naomi Forrest
Jul 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 the
Feb 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
'Can You See Me' by Libby Scott and Rebecca Westcott, is about Tally, a ten year old autistic girl who starts secondary school and tries to fit in and be like everyone else. This is a daunting transition for any child, let alone an autistic child who already has a lot of challenges to face. I felt sorry for Tally and her struggle with being 'different'.

Nell, Tally's older sister is a brilliant character. As a mother to two boys in which one is autistic and one isn't, I understand how difficult
Angel McGregor
May 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 and
Rachel Page
Oct 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-books, ya
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 novel a real
Nov 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"The more I think about it, the more I reckon that a lot of the cons of autism are not really caused by autism but by how other people react to it. I Really do."

Out of all the books I've read so far this year if I could only recommend one it would definitely be this one. An extremely necessary and eye opening book the should be compulsory reading for everyone who has,knows or interact with children (or adults) that have ASD.
As someone that works with Autistic children, this book has helped me
Rebecca Burland
May 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Emily Richardson
Oh this book made my heart happy ❤ It came highly recommended by another teacher who had read it to their class and said that it totally changed how they treated one of their autistic peers, so I already had pretty high expectations.

It met them all! Its such a wonderfully simple yet effective recount into the world of Tally, an autistic girl, as she starts secondary school. The book switches between a third person narrative and Tallys diary entries, which offer the reader an insight into how
Aug 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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 its 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 certain
Shan Salter
Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

By L. Scott & R. Westcott

On Sale Date: March 3, 2020

This middle-grade novel centers around sixth-grader Tally and her experiences starting middle school. But as well as adjusting to life in a new school and her "friends" changing before her eyes (becoming boy-crazy and into make-up), Tally has the added challenge of managing her autism and keeping the struggle silent.

Tally's journey
Hari Goodman
Jun 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Nicola  Alone
Jul 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2019
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
Kerry Setterfield
'Can you see me' is a brilliantly written story by Rebecca Westcott and Libby Scott (an autistic teenager). It follows Tally, a pre-teen diagnosed with Pathological Demand Avoidance (an autistic spectrum condition), as she transitions from primary to secondary school. With events both humorous and serious along the way, I don't mind admitting it made my cry. It accurately portrays the struggles that autistic young people face and how it impacts on them and their family.

I would recommend that
Sep 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a fabulous book! Ive read a lot of middle-grade fiction about children on the autism spectrum over the years. Ive also read a lot of non-fiction reference books, educational books and advice for parents on the subject. And Ive lived the experience (as a parent). But this is the first time Ive seen an autistic girls real experiences and diary incorporated so well into a compelling and moving childrens novel. Highly recommended for anyone (autistic or neurotic-typical, young reader, teacher, ...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 neighbours 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  ·  review of another edition
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
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