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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 5
  • Lexile Measure: 540L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press; 1 edition (March 16, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545094666
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545094665
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 8.7 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,890 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2—Twins Callie and Charlie have a lot in common, but they are also very different: Charlie has autism. Callie narrates the story, describing what autism is and exploring the issues that come along with it. The theme is of love, patience, and acceptance. Endnotes give a few basic facts for children unfamiliar with the disorder. The authors, a mother-daughter team, based this story on personal experience. Evans's bright, mixed-media illustrations skillfully depict the family's warmth and concern. Pair this with Ouisie Shapiro's Autism and Me: Sibling Stories (Albert Whitman, 2009) to raise awareness and understanding of autism. This title should have a place in most library collections.—Laura Butler, Mount Laurel Library, NJ
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In an honest, simple narrative, young Callie talks about how much she loves her autistic twin brother, Charlie, and how much they share. As she explains what autism is and how her family cares for Charlie, she also speaks frankly about challenges. The mixed-media illustrations, in bright, opaque colors, show the loving connections in Callie’s African American family, as well as the tension and anger. Charlie does so many things well: he plays the piano, for example. Sometimes he supports his sister, and he has an incredible bond with their dog. Still, “there are days when it’s hard to be Charlie’s sister. . . . Sometimes he can ruin the best playdates; other times he won’t speak.” Warm but never sentimental, this welcome picture book is based on the mother-and-daughter authors' experiences, and a beautiful photo of the authors’ family appears on the back cover, while a personal concluding note offers more facts. A great choice for introducing the subject of autism to young children or for starting discussion in any family dealing with disability. Grades K-3. --Hazel Rochman

More About the Author

Number 1 New York Times bestselling author Denene Millner has written 19 books, including "Act Like A Lady, Think Like A Man," which she co-authored with Steve Harvey. "Act Like A Lady..." debuted No. 1 on the New York Times Best Seller's list and was named by Nielsen the top selling nonfiction book of 2009. She also co-authored Harvey's new book, "Straight Talk, No Chaser," which hit bookstores in December 2010.

Millner also penned the best-selling advice book series, "What Brothers Think, What Sistahs Know," and the novels, "Love Don't Live Here Anymore," "In Love & War," and, "A Love Story," each co-authored with her husband, Nick Chiles; the novel, "The Vow," named one of Borders Best of 2005 and optioned by Lifetime Television; the novelization of the Academy Award-winning movie, "Dreamgirls,"; and the three-book teen series, "Hotlanta." She also wrote "Never Make the Same Mistake Twice" for the Real Housewives of Atlanta star Nene Leakes, and served as an editorial consultant for Holly Robinson Peete's new children's book, "My Brother Charlie." And her book, "Miss You, Mina," published in August 2010, is the first in the hugely popular Scholastic Candy Apple series to feature an African American main character.

Millner, a mom of three, also provides witty, engaging, mom-to-mom advice on ethics and etiquette in everything from childrearing and marriage to work and friendship for Parenting magazine. Millner is also the founder and editor of, a critically-acclaimed blog that examines parenting and motherhood through the lens of a multi-cultural experience. She also is a contributing editor for Essence, and writes articles for a plethora of magazines and websites, including Health, Entertainment Weekly, Heart & Soul, Money, Ebony,, Unilever's "Don't Fret the Sweat" tween advice site, iVillage Health, and iVillage's Momtourage, among others.

The former political reporter and entertainment journalist lives in the Atlanta area with her husband, their two daughters and an adorable Goldendoodle named Teddy.

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I read My Brother Charlie to my 4 year old daughter.
It is very well written from the prespective of the twin sister that is "typically developing" whose brother is autistic.
R. Webster
This book does a great job of explaining how kids on the autism spectrum are different, and how they are the same.
Jennifer Donovan

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Nicola Mansfield on March 17, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Reason for Reading: My 9yo is autistic.

Comments: Actress Holly Robinson Peete writes this picture book along with her twelve-year-old daughter, Ryan, who is the fraternal twin of a brother with autism. The story mirrors their real life and is told from the point of view of a little girl whose brother, Charlie, is autistic. She describes how they are alike in looks and likes, then how they are different in looks and likes with the major difference being that Charlie can get very quiet and sometimes not talk. She then goes on to explain how her parents found out Charlie was autistic and what it is like to have an autistic brother accentuating how he is like everyone else, but there are times for her when it is difficult to have Charlie as a brother and other times when she wishes she could help him be more like her. But then there are unique things about Charlie that make him who he is, like his special way with animals and his shell collection.

The book does a very good job on an elementary level of describing an autistic child, showing that though they may be very quiet at times or sit and play by themselves they are not different than other children. They have things they love to do and want to play and have fun. They just need time for both. This book will help others relate to the autistic child whether they be the parent, relative or friend by getting an inside glimpse into the daily life of said child. Most of all the book celebrates family, togetherness and the many ways to say "I love you" without always using the words. The book is well written bringing acceptance and dignity showing this condition is not an illness but only a way of being.

The artwork must be mentioned. Shane W. Evans has created big, bright bold paintings that are pure joy to look at.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Robin Orlowski on April 9, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I was not the target audience for this book. And I don't have autism either. But I happened to pick up this book--and was kept gennuinely engrossed by the illustrations and storyline.

Describing what it's like growing up as the sibling of a brother with a disability, My Brother Charlie accurately tells the story from a child's point of view.

The age-appropriate language properly used throughout this text inadvertently made me reflect on the experiences which my own brother had while growing up with me and my disabilities.

Loving Charlie very much, Callie also gets frustrated by some of his actions. He is not like other children, something their mother noticed when the fraternal twins were growing up.

Such reaction is more realistic than either showing the child with disabilities as being an 'innocent angel' or an 'incompetent' without any apparent talents to share with a larger community. Charlie is a person, like anybody else.

This and other titles were not yet around when we were growing up. So my brother learned about me on his own. And by and large, he did a fairly good job of it. But our parents definently would have purchased it for him without a moment's hesitation.

It is written in clear, age-appropriate, and non-judgemental text. This is the type of title which a child is going to want to read over and over again. It explains a (potentially difficult) subject in terms which children will be comfortable with.

It's a good title for any family trying to explain disability to children. But it would also be a recomended purchase for children's libraries--so they would have resources to explain disability available throughout their communities.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Books That Heal Kids on October 10, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Often times, when we hear someone has autism we feel bummed out for them and their family. When I finished My Brother Charlie I felt uplifted and encouraged for those families and especially the kids who will read this book. Callie is paving the way for a lot of kids like her brother Charlie and their siblings. She doesn't want the reader to feel sorry for her brother. Like she says in the book, "Charlie has autism. But autism doesn't have Charlie." You feel the pride and love Callie feels for her brother. She does a wonderful job describing who he is....a smart, loving, quiet, and interesting brother. And she does touch upon the sadness and difficulties autism can sometimes cause. But they don't quit on Charlie. They embrace him even more...."And so we do right by Charlie. We love Charlie strong." Thank you, Callie, for the words and validation you are giving families...."I'm blessed to be Charlie's sister and to share so much. I count my "Charlie Blessings" every day." WOW! BEAUTIFUL!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nan-C on March 23, 2010
Format: Hardcover
How do you describe how you feel about someone you love with autism? MY BROTHER CHARLIE fills in the blanks through the voice of Charlie's twin sister Ryan. Wanting to crawl inside to his world, knowing how to interpret "I Love You" without it being said, and having the difficult days when things are not always smooth sailing. This is a book for any classroom and for every family. The innocent beauty of the words along with Shane W. Evans'illustrations make this book a timely treasure about an issue that has been silent for so long.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By koreykoo on October 13, 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I love this book! I did a presentation in a college class on Autism and everyone loved the book!!! I am going to college for elementary education and this is a book that I will definitely have in my classroom library. Children need to learn that we are all different in some way, shape or form but what we all have in common is that we are all human beings and we all have feelings. I think it is a book that parents should have their child(ren) read! I would highly recommend this book to everyone!!!!!!
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