Synopses & Reviews
By acclaimed writer Nora Raleigh Baskin, this is the eye-opening depiction of an autistic boya (TM)s daily and lifelong struggles to exist in a a oeneurotypicala world. The only place sixth grader Jason Blake can be himself is online, where he posts the short stories he writes.
Ita (TM)s there that Jason finds Rebecca. Though the two have common ground, Jason cana (TM)t face the consequences that meeting Rebecca might bring a but if he doesna (TM)t meet her, therea (TM)s no chance to have a real relationship.
This is a pitch-perfect portrait of autism, but more than that, a story for anyone who has ever worried about fitting in.
a oeThis is an enormously difficult subject, but Baskin, without dramatics or sentimentality, makes it universal.a - Booklist, starred review
Jason Blake is an autistic 12-year-old living in a neurotypical world. Most days it's just a matter of time before something goes wrong. But Jason finds a glimmer of understanding when he comes across PhoenixBird, who posts stories to the same online site as he does. Jason can be himself when he writes, and he thinks that PhoenixBird ? her name is Rebecca ? could be his first real friend. But as desperate as Jason is to meet her, he's terrified that if they do meet, Rebecca will only see his autism and not who Jason really is. ?This is an enormously difficult subject, but Baskin, without dramatics or sentimentality, makes it universal.? - Booklist, starred review