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ISBN13: 9781416900382
ISBN10: 1416900381
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Publisher Comments:

Matthew wasn't like anyone I'd ever met. He could be his own planet, become his own TV channel. Being with him was like sitting in a shouting whirlwind. He was a real mystery, and one I was determined to solve.

Review:

"Kochka's lyrical novel illuminates a caring 12-year-old girl's experiences with the four-year-old autistic boy who lives in her Paris apartment building. When Lucy and her parents move in, the outgoing narrator sets out to meet all of her new neighbors, but when Matthew 'popped up in my life, he turned all my plans upside down and inside out.' One of the novel's several intriguing supporting characters is the boy's mother, who invites Lucy to spend time with her son to help him become more sociable. In clear yet poetic language, the woman explains the complexities of autism accessibly to Lucy (and readers): 'Autistic people are like small independent planets that have landed here by chance, and instead of looking at the other earthlings as they move around them, they spin inside themselves.' Through Lucy's interactions with Matthew, her understanding of his interior world and the ways in which he communicates deepens. Readers may find some of Lucy's observations rather cryptic, yet those looking to better comprehend the autistic mind will appreciate her curiosity, candor and insight. Maougo, Matthew's Russian nanny who speaks no French, demonstrates the power of unspoken bonds and loving actions. Readers will close this book confident that Matthew is in good hands indeed. Ages 9-14." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Some French references will be unfamiliar to American readers but there is much beauty in this spare and lyrical look at a condition that is so difficult to understand." School Library Journal

Review:

"[T]his lyrical examination of autism — and friendship — is certainly heartfelt." Kirkus Reviews

Synopsis:

Nominated for the prestigious Rennes Prize in France, this book is the truly original story of how a young girl and an autistic boy change each other's lives.

About the Author

Kochka, born in Lebanon to a French father and a Lebanese mother,

now lives in France. The Boy Who Ate Stars is her first book.

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faythcady, October 17, 2010 (view all comments by faythcady)
I did this for a book project and i thought it was so fantastic. I was a little long for me but o well it was good i think everybody should read this book give me any help to finsh my book project that would be wonderful................
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alysia3150, March 10, 2008 (view all comments by alysia3150)
I thought it was a wounderful book about a boy who has autism. I read it to understand autism because my husbands son has autism and he is eight years old. it really brought me closer to kids with autism.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781416900382
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Subject:
Social Situations - Friendship
Translator:
Adams, Sarah
Author:
Kochka
Author:
Adams, Sarah
Subject:
Social Situations - Special Needs
Subject:
Lifestyles - City Life
Subject:
Situations / Friendship
Subject:
Social Issues - Friendship
Subject:
Social Issues - Special Needs
Subject:
Lifestyles - City & Town Life
Subject:
Dogs
Subject:
France
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction-Friendship
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
Copyright:
Publication Date:
February 2006
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
Children/juvenile
Language:
English
Pages:
112
Dimensions:
7 x 5 in 6.02 oz
Age Level:
9-14

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Children's » Middle Readers » General
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Young Adult » Fiction » Social Issues » Special Needs

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Product details 112 pages Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing - English 9781416900382 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Kochka's lyrical novel illuminates a caring 12-year-old girl's experiences with the four-year-old autistic boy who lives in her Paris apartment building. When Lucy and her parents move in, the outgoing narrator sets out to meet all of her new neighbors, but when Matthew 'popped up in my life, he turned all my plans upside down and inside out.' One of the novel's several intriguing supporting characters is the boy's mother, who invites Lucy to spend time with her son to help him become more sociable. In clear yet poetic language, the woman explains the complexities of autism accessibly to Lucy (and readers): 'Autistic people are like small independent planets that have landed here by chance, and instead of looking at the other earthlings as they move around them, they spin inside themselves.' Through Lucy's interactions with Matthew, her understanding of his interior world and the ways in which he communicates deepens. Readers may find some of Lucy's observations rather cryptic, yet those looking to better comprehend the autistic mind will appreciate her curiosity, candor and insight. Maougo, Matthew's Russian nanny who speaks no French, demonstrates the power of unspoken bonds and loving actions. Readers will close this book confident that Matthew is in good hands indeed. Ages 9-14." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Some French references will be unfamiliar to American readers but there is much beauty in this spare and lyrical look at a condition that is so difficult to understand."
"Review" by , "[T]his lyrical examination of autism — and friendship — is certainly heartfelt."
"Synopsis" by , Nominated for the prestigious Rennes Prize in France, this book is the truly original story of how a young girl and an autistic boy change each other's lives.
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