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Orca Book Publishers Spring 2016 Trade

Everyday Hero
By (author): Kathleen Cherry
Kathleen Cherry


Orca Book Publishers - Victoria



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Paperback , Trade


Juvenile: Age (years) 9 - 12, Grade (CAN) 4 - 7, Grade (US) 4 - 7, Reading age 9 - 12
Mar 15, 2016
$10.95 CAD


7.5in x 5 x 0.44 in | 180 gr

Page Count:

168 pages
FSC certified – mixed sources C016245
Orca Book Publishers
JUVENILE FICTION / Disabilities & Special Needs
Children’s / Teenage fiction: Relationship stories|Relating to people on the autism spectrum|Children’s / Teenage personal and social topics: Friends and friendships|Children’s / Teenage personal and social topics: Runaways|Interest age: from c 9 years
British Columbia
jC813/.6 23
PNBA Book Award 2017, Short-listed Silver Birch Fiction Award 2017, Short-listed CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens 2016, Commended Sheila A. Egoff Children's Literature Prize 2017, Short-listed Hackmatack Children's Choice Book Award 2018, Short-listed Red Cedar Book Award nominee 2018, Short-listed Chocolate Lily Book Award 2017, Winner
  • Short Description
When a new friend challenges Alice, who is autistic, to step outside her comfort zone, Alice decides to revise her rules in this novel for middle readers.
Being average is highly overrated.

Alice doesn’t like noise, smells or strangers. She does like rules. Lots of rules.

Nobody at her new school knows she is autistic, and soon Alice finds herself in trouble because the rules here are different. When she meets Megan in detention, she doesn’t know what to make of her. Megan doesn’t smell, she’s not terribly noisy, and she’s not exactly a stranger. But is she a friend? Megan seems fearless to Alice; but also angry or maybe sad. Alice isn’t sure which. When Megan decides to run away, Alice decides that Megan is her friend and that she needs to help her, no matter how many rules she has to break or how bad it makes her feel.

Kathleen Cherry spends time in northern British Columbia and on Vancouver Island where she works as a school psychologist. Before becoming a psychologist, Kathleen worked as a school counselor as well as teaching English, social studies and special education. Kathleen loves working with children and empowering them to develop their creativity through writing.

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"Cherry does a remarkable job of presenting Alice’s stream-of-consciousness thinking without letting it weigh down the story. The character’s tendency to focus on multiple definitions of words, in situations that perplex her, assists readers in understanding Alice’s point of view, and her reliance on previous experiences and rules when interpreting new situations captures an important aspect of autism...As Alice relates the story of her developing friendship with Megan, it unfolds as an honest account by an unfailingly accurate and likeable narrator. Her challenges with sensory stimulation and verbal communication are only part of her rich characterization, and readers will immediately perceive that there is a great deal more to Alice than any kind of diagnosis would suggest...While the short sentences and straightforward plot present this book as a story for younger readers, its characterization of Megan, a girl abused by her stepfather, may resonate more clearly with ages 10 to 12. Older children and adults, however, will overlook the intended audience in favour of the delightfully fresh perspective Alice provides...Highly Recommended." - CM Magazine

"[Alice's] difficulties, along with her steadfast courage, are effectively depicted...The happy outcome of their connection, as Alice describes a 'tingling, bubbling feeling' in her body when their friendship is cemented, makes the journey worthwhile. Insightful and sometimes moving, Alice's evolving coming-of-age provides a perceptive exploration of unexpected friendship in the face of disability." - Kirkus Reviews

"Illuminating...Engaging." - Booklist

"Readers look at life through the eyes of Asperger's. The author understands Alice and does an astounding job bringing her to life. Kids will understand and empathize with Alice by book's end. They will also understand a little more about kids like Megan. Understanding can go a long way toward kindness and acceptance, making Everyday Hero a brilliant debut." - Kid Lit Reviews

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