"There Are No Words has a great deal to say! Its message is hopeful and timeless, and in my opinion, especially appropriate for young people who, though educated alongside their peers with autism, may not yet give them their due. Author Mary Calhoun Brown is to be commended for not only turning out a remarkable work of fiction, but also for making available a curriculum guide that further explores important themes and expands upon the message that, adversity is no match for the human spirit!" --Diane Twachtman Cullen, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Autism Spectrum Quarterly, Spring 2010
"I can definitely say that your book will be chosen for the `Outstanding Books for Young People with Disabilities 2011' by the IBBY Documentation Centre in Norway... Your book is a beautiful, genuine story about love and friendship, and I think you have captured the true hyper sensitivity to touch and sounds that so many autistic persons experience. I can honestly tell you that when Jaxon said goodbye to her new friends and slipped back through the painting and into her own world, it brought tears to my eyes." --Heidi Cortner Boiesen, IBBY Documentation Centre of Books for Disabled Young People, Norway
"I am so impressed with your attention to detail and beautiful descriptions, not to mention your stick-to-it-iveness in getting it published. I'm taking a lesson! It is one thing to have empathy and another to be able to put across on paper the super-sensitivity to sound and touch. Wow. Your love of the characters shines through and the use of photos is brilliant. Boy, I could sure smell those roses and the leaves on the forest path. Great job!" --Sara Hunter, Sara Hunter Productions, award-winning author of The Unbreakable Code, a Smithsonian Notable Book for Children
"Your book, There Are No Words, is lovely. A fascinating entry in the world of autism through an endearing character going back into time to rescue her grandfather's best friend. In addition to being a great piece of writing, this book is for anyone wanting to learn more about autism from an "inside" view. There Are No Words has my highest recommendation." --Stephen Shore, author of Understanding Autism for Dummies;Beyond the Wall: Personal Experiences with Autism and Asperger Syndrome; Ask and Tell: Self-Advocacy and Disclosure for People on the Autism Spectrum
"The strongest aspect of the story is the unfolding mystery and adventure as Jaxon and her friends race against time, hoping to stop a train wreck and to rescue Oliver. There is real suspense, and Brown describes the action with vivid images, employing the same poetic language that she uses for the pastoral scenes in the beginning of the book. Despite the excitement of a train hurtling toward tragedy in the hours before dawn, the book maintains its peaceful, dreamlike feel throughout.
"There Are No Words is a quick read with thoroughly likable characters. The relationships between the characters are sweet while still being very real. Readers will be inspired by the patience of Jaxon's grandparents and the kindness of her friends.
"Quill says: A dream-like adventure that reads like poetry while challenging stereotypes." --Feathered Quill Book Reviews
From the Publisher
There Are No Words includes a Readers' Guide and an extensive Appendix for parents and teachers of more than forty online resources related to this story and autism.
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