A Kind Of Spark
ISBN: 0593374258
EAN13: 9780593374252
Language: English
Release Date: Oct 19, 2021
Pages: 192
Weight: 1 lbs.
Format: Hardcover
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Book Overview

Perfect for readers of Song for a Whale and Counting by 7s, a neurodivergent girl campaigns for a memorial when she learns that her small Scottish town used to burn witches simply because they were different.

Ever since Ms. Murphy told us about the witch trials that happened centuries ago right here in Juniper, I can't stop thinking about them. Those people weren't magic. They were like me. Different like me.

I'm autistic. I see things that others do not. I hear sounds that they can ignore. And sometimes I feel things all at once. I think about the witches, with no one to speak for them. Not everyone in our small town understands. But if I keep trying, maybe someone will. I won't let the witches be forgotten. Because there is more to their story. Just like there is more to mine.

Award-winning and neurodivergent author Elle McNicoll delivers an insightful and stirring debut about the European witch trials and a girl who refuses to relent in the fight for what she knows is right.

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5
   Great product
I bought this for my son, who is on the spectrum. He was very happy to receive this book.
 
5
   A Kind Of Spark by Elle McNicoll
This is such a good book! I recommend this book to children with autism to remind them that it's ok to be different and you can just be yourself!
 
5
   Best book I have ever read!!!
I loved this book so much! '' I adored and related to a lot of characters and I would recommend this to anybody and everybody. Thank you. We are grateful for the opportunity.
 
5
   Mother of an autistic family
I have three children on the spectrum and have on the spectrum autistic tendencies myself. Very similar to anyone who has experienced relatable things. The emotional component of the story is rich and diverse. I like the way the author handled family relations, friends and bullying. I believe that a lot of autistic people will find language to accompanies their experiences in these pages. It is important for those of us who have voices to speak out about all these things and make others aware of what it is like to be autistic from the inside. The book is great!
 
5
   Excellent book. Powerful. Made me cry.
I loved this book ''. It is about being an outsider in their own community, among other things about bullies and more so about their enablers, especially unknowing ones. Another review says that this book should not be given to happy children. This reviewer TOTALLY missed the POINT. Members of this girl's family are unaware of the level of abuse she is going through. They think that these things don 't happen, just like anyone saying, don 't give this to a happy child, doesn 't think that they are happening. Blech : The dialog box is opened. This happy story won 't ruin a beautiful kid. It will validate them and lift them. Just like a kid who hasn t been able to bring these things up with the family. It made me cry NO! One of the abuses was at one of the mosques. But it made me cry with relief and joy when the family reacted to it.
 
5
   Important read
I started crying with about 50 pages to go and still haven t stopped. She wants to learn EVERYTHING about EVERYTHING and can work out the most difficult problems in her own way. Her senses could get overloaded. Most people don’t understand Addie and don’t even try. When Addie learns about her town's past and their execution of witches, Addie is horrified and determined to memorialize these women who were different. Can she change the mind of the town? I warn you, it is not pretty. The ugliness with which people that each other are. As someone who is neurodiverse, THANK YOU for lighting the spark that shows us the way.
 
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