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Marcelo in the Real World


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ISBN13: 9780545054744
ISBN10: 0545054745
Condition: Standard
Dustjacket: Standard
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alwayslisa, June 1, 2009 (view all comments by alwayslisa)
MARCELO IN THE REAL WORLD is one of my favorite reads for 2009. It's not only a great read with a plot that keeps you interested, it's a book with heart. There is a scene between the Rabbi and Marcelo that will stick me for a very long time.

Teens or adults, I highly recommend this book!
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Kelly H, May 18, 2009 (view all comments by Kelly H)
Summary: 17-year-old Marcelo has a condition similar to autism—he hears music in his mind that no one else can hear. Marcelo loves his school, but in order to keep going there, first he has to prove to his father that he can make it in “the real world.”

Review: I found this book a little difficult to get into at first because the main character is so guarded with his emotions, but I appreciated and completely understood the realism. And I ended up thoroughly enjoying this story. I got especially wrapped up in the plot around a decision Marcelo has to make in “the real world.”

One trivial thing bugged me an eensy weensy bit. A lot of times, the characters didn’t use common contractions when speaking, like always saying “it is” and “you are.” While I bought that Marcelo would talk that way, it made the other characters’ speech sound stilted.

This is a sweet story, and I actually found myself missing Marcelo as I typed up this review.
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Stork, Francisco
Arthur A. Levine Books
Miller, Ashley Edward
Stentz, Zack
Stork, Francisco X.
Averett, Edward
Wesselhoeft, Conrad
Interpersonal Relations
Situations / Emotions & Feelings
Social Issues - Emotions & Feelings
Love & Romance
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction-Special Needs
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
Situations / Special Needs
Situations / Death & Dying
Edition Description:
Colin Fischer
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Grade Level:
from 7
8.25 x 5.5 in
Age Level:
from 12

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Product details 352 pages Arthur A. Levine Books - English 9780545054744 Reviews:
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Marcelo, a teen on the autism spectrum working at his father's law office for the summer (in Boston — and I'm from Boston!), grapples with his sense of right and wrong. At first glance, Marcelo in the Real World looks like a straightforward legal mystery, but tangled up in this drama is a well-crafted novel about an ethical dilemma from an outsider's perspective. Part Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, part John Grisham, and part I Am the Messenger, this book is as beautiful inside as it is on the outside. It blew me away.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Artfully crafted characters form the heart of Stork's (The Way of the Jaguar) judicious novel. Marcelo Sandoval, a 17-year-old with an Asperger's-like condition, has arranged a job caring for ponies at his special school's therapeutic-riding stables. But he is forced to exit his comfort zone when his high-powered father steers Marcelo to work in his law firm's mailroom (in return, Marcelo can decide whether to stay in special ed, as he prefers, or be mainstreamed for his senior year). Narrating with characteristically flat inflections and frequently forgetting to use the first person, Marcelo manifests his anomalies: he harbors an obsession with religion (he regularly meets with a plainspoken female rabbi, though he's not Jewish); hears 'internal' music; and sleeps in a tree house. Readers enter his private world as he navigates the unfamiliar realm of menial tasks and office politics with the ingenuity of a child, his voice never straying from authenticity even as the summer strips away some of his differences. Stork introduces ethical dilemmas, the possibility of love, and other 'real world' conflicts, all the while preserving the integrity of his characterizations and intensifying the novel's psychological and emotional stakes. Not to be missed. Ages 14 — up." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , Reminiscent of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time in the intensity and purity of its voice, this extraordinary novel challenges the boundaries of autism. It is a love story, a legal drama, and a celebration of the music each of us hears inside.
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A contemporary YA drama about a young man suffering from Schizophreniform disorder, who falls into a love triangle with a girl in his class...and a girl in his head.

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