Everyday Hero

everyheroAuthor: Cherry, Kathleen
Pub. Date: 2016
Pages: 168
List Price: 9.95
Suggested Grades: 6 to 9
FICTION – (Included in the Middle and Secondary Packages – paperback)

“Alice doesn’t like noise, smells or strangers. She does like rules. Lots of rules. Nobody at her new school knows she has Asperger’s, so it doesn’t take long for her odd behavior to get her into trouble. 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 resolves to help her friend, no matter how many rules she has to break or how bad it makes her feel.”

Reviewed by Bev Brenna. CM: Canadian Review of Materials, December, 2015 Highly Recommended “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. It is also noteworthy that on a landscape of Canadian literature for young people where characters with exceptionalities often reside with single mothers, Alice’s father, in spite of his imperfections, is definitely a keeper.”

Kirkus Review “Insightful and sometimes moving, Alice’s evolving coming-of-age provides a perceptive exploration of unexpected friendship in the face of disability.”