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Same But Different: Teen Life on the Autism Express

Being a teen is hard enough. But when you have autism — or when your brother or sister is struggling with the condition — life can be challenging. It's one thing when you're a kid in grade school, and a playdate goes south due to autism in a family. Or when you're a little kid, and a vacation or holiday turns less-than-happy because of an autistic family member. But being a teen with autism can get pretty hairy — especially when you're up against dating, parties, sports, body changes, school, and other kids who just don't 'get' you.

In this powerful book, teenagers Ryan Elizabeth Peete and her twin brother, Rodney, who has autism, share their up-close-and-personal experiences on what it means to be a teen living with autism. Same But Different, explores the funny, painful, and unexpected aspects of teen autism, while daring to address issues nobody talks about. Throughout, it underscores tolerance, love, and the understanding that everybody's unique drumbeat is worth dancing to.

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"In this book that's told in alternating narratives and uses pseudonyms, two twins — one with autism (Charlie) and one without (Callie) — share stories of growing up. Courageously honest, their tales illustrate that autism is not an isolated condition but that it affects everyone in the family. The real heart of the work is in the narratives of Charlie and Callie; their authentic, open thoughts and discussions on autism will resonate with readers.... Bookending the two narratives is Peete's account of learning of her son's autism and his accomplishments in spite of the disorder. The last chapter is a plea for more research and advocacy on behalf of children with autism." — Carol Connor, School Library Journal

Product Details

Recommended Age 12 and up
Author Holly Robinson Peete, RJ Peete, Ryan Elizabeth Peete
ISBN 0545094690
Publication Date Feb 27, 2018
Publisher Scholastic Press
Language English