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  • Jun 3, 2010
The Panama Airport does not have a book store. It also doesn't have a newspaper stand, a magazine rack, or any safety brochures. I know, because I spent my two hour layover desperately looking for anything in print to tide me over the next 6 hour plane trip home. So when in the line onto the plane a cute Australian boy pulled a battered paperback out of his backpack and handed it to me, I knew there was going to be something special about that book.

I started the book on the runway and never put it down. The simple style, the intriguing narration, the addition of drawings and diagrams to help illustrate and get inside an autistic mind come together with 3-dimensional characters and an interesting plot line. I loved the somewhat distanced point of view that allows the reader to see commonplace events and situations as strange or difficult. Fifteen year old Christopher lives with his father. He likes math, science movies, and requires that his food be placed separately, not touching, on his plate. A series of events beginning with the murder of his neighbor's dog leads to Christopher discovering a family secret and venturing outside of the safety of his ordered life and into the unsheltered world. A brilliant and fascinating read, no matter if you are trapped on an airplane or merely wishing to escape for awhile into someone else's life.

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June 08, 2010
Your welcome. This book will always be special to me thanks to that cute Aussie boy! I send my thanks his way wherever he currently is. :)
June 07, 2010
Aw, the way that you acquired this book is so sweet! What a cool way to come across a book and I'm glad to hear that it's good. I'll have to check it out. Thanks for sharing!
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