A couple of my Twitter and Facebook pals had talked about this book, so it moved to the top of the stack. HARMONIC FEEDBACK by Tara Kelly (Holt 2010) is the story of Drea. It is a new town and a new school for Drea's junior year. To make matters worse, she and her mother are living with Grandma who is not exactly a ray of sunshine. Drea dreads the move and the newness of things. She has been diagnosed with ADHD and Asperger's, a double whammy as far as she is concerned. Making friends has never been easy. And then suddenly, there is Naomi, the girl across the street. She seems nice; she seems friendly. Can Drea trust her? Can she trust the other new kid, Justin?
Drea has to navigate lots of familiar territory and some that is new and all too frightening to her. Author Kelly's first book proves she can create characters whose story arcs are real and true even when they are disturbing. She has a good feel for the kids who march to a different drummer. Spend some time getting to know Drea and her life, and you will be able to slip easily into her skin and stay in the story. <255>
Now, back to grading.
But ,first, some ladder rungs:
THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE
NOTES FROM ANOTHER LIFE (Sue Ellen Bridgers)