Thursday, February 11, 2021

Real by Carol Cujec - ADVISABLE

Real by Carol Cujec
, 304 pages. Shadow Mountain, 2021. $17 

Content: G (1 swear) 



13yo Charity knows she is labeled with low functioning autism. She can walk some, she can sometimes dress herself, but words don’t come out of her mouth, she can rarely control her hands, and if she is frustrated she has EXPLOSIONS (as she calls them). No one knows that inside her head she understands and retains everything. If there were some way she could let the world know what she has inside. But some, who are embarrassed by, wary of Charity don’t want her in school with “normal” kids and are willing to lie to drive her out. 

Cujec tells us the struggles of a personal friend through a fictional lens. Definite lessons here to listen to every child carefully and work together to support them. I think adults should read this and evaluate their behavior toward every student. 

 Cindy, Library Teacher, MLS 

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