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Gr 7-9-Kiara's mother is living in Montreal launching her career as a musician so her father sets his musical aspirations aside to be his daughter's caregiver. The eighth-grader's Asperger's syndrome does little to help her adjust to or understand her unsettled family situation. Mr. Internet is her go-to for black-and-white answers to the complexities of life. On the Net, Kiara also delves into a fantasy world of superhero personas and takes on the alter ego of Rogue. While she is academically successful, she is socially shunned. When she joins the popular girls' table-uninvited-she is ridiculed and publicly rejected. It does little for her case when she hauls off and slams her lunch tray into another girl's face. Now Kiara is friendless and expelled from school. She befriends her new neighbor, Chad, whose home is a meth den where he is forced to collect ingredients for his parents' lethal concoctions. Kiara spends lots of time trying to be Chad's friend and steer him in a better direction; he spends lots of time trying to survive the horror of his home life and being nasty to Kiara. Chad's and Kiara's fathers play music together in the backyard, so it's hard to believe that Kiara's dad doesn't notice how weird things are. The dangerous neighborhood happenings seem to completely escape him until there is a major explosion in the meth lab. Too much happens in this novel and too little of it revolves around Kiara.-Alison Follos, formerly at North Country School, Lake Placid, NYα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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This raw and edgy tale will leave readers almost as scarred as the boy who shares center stage with its narrator, a girl with Asperger’s. Kiara’s tendency to viciously lash out when she is angry or frustrated has finally gotten her kicked out of eighth grade. She finds companionship, of a sort, in a sweet, scruffy, young new neighbor and his fiercely protective big brother, Chad, who is as prickly and secretive as they come. As it turns out, Chad has plenty to hide. There is a drunken suicide attempt, and Chad has both bleeding internal burns from the meth lab his parents are running and external wounds from years of abuse. Meanwhile, Kiara’s talent with a video camera gives her a measure of pride to place against a self-image hammered by twin convictions that she has been abandoned by her mother, and is a genetic mistake caused by her dad’s chemo. Kiara’s graphic, matter-of-fact descriptions after a climactic explosion in the lab add further stomach-churning intensity to her narrative. Though the author leaves Kiara and Chad in better places than they were, both are still wounded and facing steep personal challenges. A harrowing read. Grades 7-10. --John Peters
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 700L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Nancy Paulsen Books (May 16, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399162259
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399162251
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #357,722 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A great addition to the classroom library.
Mila
The author created interesting and complex characters and did a good job portraying a character with Asperger's Syndrome.
Melissa A. Palmer
First of all, I love how the cover has something to do with the story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Little Book Star on May 19, 2013
Format: Hardcover
First of all, I love how the cover has something to do with the story. Rogue, mutant, and BMX plays a big part in Rogue, and I think it's smart and convenient how the definition is placed on the cover. This book is told from Kiara's point of view, a 13 year old who has the Asperger's syndrome because the medication that her father was taking when he had cancer affected her development. She constantly tells the readers of how she wishes she was like Rogue (a character from X-Men) and she even compares her friends and teacher to the characters in X-Men.

Kiara's family revolves around music. Her mother, who was born in El Salvador, travels to different places to play music. Her father plays the banjo, and he used to have a band. Kiara also has 2 brothers who are in college so she's just left with her father at home. She constantly tells her mother to come home, but her mother tells her she can't because of her job. Kiara feels like the real reason why her mother wouldn't come home is because she has the syndrome and that she is an "accident". Since she has the Asperger's syndrome, which is an autism that affects one's behavior and communication, she has a hard time making friends and feels like she has to "work hard" just to gain friends. She got picked on at school by the popular girls, and during the book, she is home schooled. Throughout the novel, we get to see how the people that Kiara meets makes a big impact in her life and decisions.

Chad is Kiara's neighbor who recently moved in. He's a year younger than her, and Kiara is eager to be his friend. She follows whatever he tells her to do even though he treats her horribly, calling her names (i.e. retarded) like all the popular girls at school used to do. Chad's character was just frustrating and maddening.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Margaret on June 3, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
This book is a beautiful look inside the world of a child with Aspberger's. Lyn Miller-Lachmann doesn't stop the action to explain, but puts us in Kiara's body and mind so that we can actually experience the barriers between life and this child. Kiara shows us that having Aspberger's doesn't mean you have a low intelligence quotient, but it does create barriers between the child and their emotions--and, therefore, other people. Kiara finds a way to communicate through film and music that flows like a ballet. When it's all over, her world isn't magically perfect, but she has found a way to bridge the gap because she never gives up trying. Well worth the read!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brett Hartman on June 19, 2013
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Miller-Lachmann's Rogue is an inspiring yet very realistic portrayal of a young girl with Asperger's Syndrome and how she grapples with one moral dilemma after another on her quest for belonging. The book never lets up. It's a great female counterpart to works like "Marcelo in the Real World" and "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime."
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Ever want to see a nasty popular girl get her “just desserts”? Without spoiling much, I can say that Rogue author Lyn Miller-Lachmann gives readers what they want in chapter 1.

Rogue’s main character, Kiara (aka Rogue), has Asperger’s. Her longings for friendship or just simple and successful communication are so painful and acute, that she has to walk a tightrope in almost every social transaction. "Should I say this? Oh no, I didn’t mean for that to come out." Can you imagine having to second- or third-guess every word that does or doesn’t come out of your mouth? Any person who has ever mis-spoken or remained silent just once will empathize with Kiara.

I also enjoyed how Miller-Lachmann braided her subplots into the main plot of Kiara trying to build and sustain a network of supportive family and friends, with unreliable tools. Strands of BMX, comic book heroes, Latino music and crystal meth multiply and complicate the decisions Kiara must make. And some of those decisions lead to crashing and burning. I finished the 228-page book in two sittings, with the last 50 pages urging me to sprint.

This book will be loved by kids with special needs and bruised families, and it will move other readers to accept and befriend kids cast aside as “weird.”
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