English / USA
Martin, Ann M. (text)
New York, NY: Feiwel & Friends, 2014. – 226 p.
Autism – Rules – Language – Relationship
Rose is fascinated by homonyms, i.e. words that sound the same but have different meanings (such as her name Rose / rows). Most of her fifth-grade classmates, as well as her teachers and aide however, don’t share her obsession; nor do they understand the girl’s need for rules, a fixed daily routine, and reciting prime numbers when she is stressed. Her erratic single father’s inability to cope with her condition (diagnosed as high-functioning autism) makes her home life a bit of a struggle, too. Luckily enough, her uncle and her devoted dog Rain (reign / rein) give her comfort – until the night of the hurricane, when Rain suddenly goes missing. Told in an authentic first-person narrative, this gem of a novel makes readers experience the world through Rose’s eyes. Naturally, it cannot represent all degrees and forms of autism. Nevertheless, the author aptly portrays this particular girl’s development and strengths and evokes admiration for her courage. (Age: 10+)