My Brother Charlie


Callie is very proud of her brother Charlie. He's good at so many things — swimming, playing the piano, running fast. And Charlie has a special way with animals, especially their dog, Harriett. But sometimes Charlie gets very quiet. His words get locked inside him, and he seems far away. Then, when Callie and Charlie start to play, Charlie is back to laughing, holding hands, having fun. Charlie is like any other boy - and he has autism. In this story, told from a sister's point of view, we meet a family whose oldest son teaches them important lessons about togetherness, hope, tolerance, and love. Holly Robinson Peete, bestselling author, actress, and national autism spokesperson, has paired with her daughter, Ryan, to co-author this uplifting book based on their own personal experiences with Holly's son and Ryan's brother, RJ, who has autism. Age Level 6-10
Review: "This mother-daughter author team base their thoughtful and moving story on their experiences living with Ryan's autistic brother, RJ. Callie, a candid narrator whose twin brother is autistic, explains that 'Charlie's brain works in a special way.' She mentions the boy's strong will ('When Charlie wants something, nothing stops him. Even when it's dangerous') and tendency to withdraw into his own world, acknowledging that 'there are days when it's hard to be Charlie's sister.' Yet she also documents Charlie's talents and the good times they share. Her often-silent brother has taught Callie important lessons, among them 'love doesn't always come from what you say. It can also come from what you do.' Throughout, Callie demonstrates maturity and loyalty: 'We love Charlie strong. We watch over him with the might of angels. We have to.' Equally expressive, Evans's (When Gorilla Goes Walking) mixed-media art features closeup images of the siblings and their parents and conveys the wide range of emotions all experience. The authors' postscripts offer background and advice for families dealing with someone with autism. Ages 6 — 10." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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