I read a book last night that pretty much took my breath away. It almost made me cry, and books do not make me cry.
BURN, by Alma Fullerton
I have known Alma for a couple of years now. She's the Assistant Regional Advisor for SCBWI Canada East, and she was one of the first people to encourage me to keep writing. As a moderator of one of my critique groups, she continues to encourage me, as well as many, many others. And she's a damn fine writer.
Things I loved about this book:
- It includes a, honest portrayal of an autistic sibling, and the relationship between her and the MC (who is the older sister) is bang-on.
- It addresses how having a child with special needs can affect each family member in different ways, both good and bad. In other words, it tells the truth about families like this.
- The decision that the mother makes early on in the book, and the decisions that the father makes throughout the book, are all things that I can identify with and that I have wrestled with in my journey as a mother who made the choice to stay at home.
- It gives hope to children who, for whatever reason, are having to grow up too fast. It lets them know that they are not alone.
It it rare to find a book that resonates simultaneously with both middle-grade readers and their parents, but this one does it.
Go read BURN. And then, go here to visit Alma's website and find out about all her other great books! And then visit Shannon Whitney Messenger's blog for links to more MMGM love!