I couldn't put this book down and read the entire chapter book in one day. I enjoyed getting to know the many characters and how they interacted with each other and our character, Joseph, who just so happens to have autism. Joseph's brother, Brian, is challenged throughout the book to be a good brother to Joseph, but is also struggling with bullies and peer pressure. Finding friends to support him along the way helps him to learn not only more about his brother, but about friendship and just what makes a bully a bully.
I think that this upper elementary chapter book would be a terrific book on its own. However, I think it would be a super book for sibling support groups for kids in families with autism. I also think that it would be a great introduction to autism for elementary school classes, peer assisted learning volunteers or community groups especially those that will be welcoming a student with autism into their presence. Lastly, I think anyone would get a wonderful introduction to what autism is while enjoying a inspiring story that comes full circle. I would recommend this book to be in every school, church and class library.
The book makes us pause to think...what do I do well? And what does he do well? What does she do well? Instead of concentrating on our differences, it focuses on concentrating and supporting each other's strengths.
Kudos to Judith Mammay for a wonderful story of friendship, compassion and understanding.
Joanna Keating-Velasco, Author
A Is for Autism F Is for Friend: A Kid's Book for Making Friends with a Child Who Has Autism