HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY to this middle grade book making its rounds through our reviewers! We only have one book to welcome this week, so we are treating you to two reviews.
Thank you to @kidlitexchange for providing the review copy of this book. All opinions are our own.
WE COULD BE HEROES – by Margaret Finnegan
February 25th 2020 ~ Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Photo and Review by Susan ~ originally on Instagram @redcanoereader
Oh, WE COULD BE HEROES is one of those stories you’ll be thinking about for a very long time. This memorable tale, about two delightful neurodivergent children who find friendship for the first time, will grab your heart. It allows us to view the world through their eyes and to experience their feelings as they struggle to understand it.
It also allows us to meet their parents who are supportive, loving and firm. Your heart will break a bit when you witness the surprise and joy they all feel when Hank and Maisie become friends. And you’ll admire them as they gently guide their children to understand how to be a good friend. Most of all you’ll love the way they teach their children “different is not less”.
Then there is the story of how the kids work together to save Booler, a neighbor dog with seizures who is tied to a tree 24 hours a day “for his own protection”. Hank, who has autism, and can tell you anything you’d ever want to know about rocks, has learned to know the “a’a” feeling when he’s losing control and tries his best to use his coping strategies. Maisie, the girl who just moved to Hank’s Montana town has decided she and Hank are going to be friends and save Booler, no matter the cost. And the costs turn out to be huge! 🐶
This is a #windowsandmirrors story for all of us. It’s a great one to read aloud and will lead to lots of good discussions about some of the decisions Hank and Maisie make, as well as their feelings. You’ll also have lots of fun talking about all of the idioms Maisie uses. I was laughing out loud more than once!
WE COULD BE HEROES is for grade 3+ and needs to be on every elementary and public school order list.
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