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The Boy Who Ate Starsby Kochka
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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.
"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.)
"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
"[T]his lyrical examination of autism — and friendship — is certainly heartfelt." Kirkus Reviews
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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