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An average of 1 in 110 children has autism spectrum disorder, an astonishing number that also bespeaks sadness and frustration on the part of lots of parents of autistic children. Popular and prolific novelist Kingsbury (Ever After) takes on autism in the story Holden Harris, an 18-year-old high school student with autism and target for high school bullies. Popular Ella Reynolds, star of the high school's musical Beauty and the Beast, sticks up for Holden against her friends who are his tormentors. Added to the complex topics of autism and bullying is a subplot about teen-age suicide, making for far more weight than this story can bear. Her legions of fans may well find this nicey-nicey story resolution inspirational; that is the Kingsbury brand. But given the gravity of the subjects, what one finds inspirational another will likely see a naïve and unpersuasive fantasy that Walt Disney does a whole lot better, with music. Kingsbury is in over her head. (Oct.)
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New York Times bestselling author Karen Kingsbury is America's favorite inspirational novelist, with over 20 million books in print. Her Life-Changing Fiction has produced multiple bestsellers, including Unlocked, Leaving, Take One, Between Sundays, Even Now, One Tuesday Morning, Beyond Tuesday Morning, and Ever After, which was named the 2007 Christian Book of the Year. An award-winning author and newly published songwriter, Karen has several movies optioned for production, and her novel Like Dandelion Dust was made into a major motion picture and is now available on DVD. Karen is also a nationally known speaker with several women's groups including Women of Faith. She lives in Tennessee with her husband, Don, and their five sons, three of whom are adopted from Haiti. Their daughter Kelsey is married to Christian artist Kyle Kupecky. SPANISH BIO: Karen Kingsbury es autora de mas de treinta titulos, incluyendo algunos EXITOS de venta, uno de los cuales se uso para la pelicula de la semana de CBS. Es una de las atoras favoritas de novelas inspiradoras.Se han impreso mas de dos millones de ejemplares de sus libros. Kingsbury reside en el estado de Washington con Don, su esposo, y sus seis hijos, tres de los cuales los adotatron en Haiti.
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Began a bit slow but as I got further into it, I really could not put it down. It was so touching and brought tears to my eyes on many occasions.Published 5 days ago by Judy Bork
I loved this book because it hits close to home. My grandson is autistic.Published 9 days ago by 1964
Another great Kingsbury book. I was concerned about reading this one because we have autism in our family. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Carole C. Smith
I love to read, but I was tired of novels with explicit sex and profane language. Karen Kingsbury books are relevant, intriguing novels that include suspense, romance,... Read morePublished 26 days ago by WYB
Amazing book. Loved it. Couldn't put it down.
She is an amazing author and I have read many of her books.
My favorite author and my favorite book
A beautiful, loving story of compassion...and following one's heart for others.Published 1 month ago by Janis V. Kiesel
Gave an encouraging picture of a person experiencing autism. Helped me to realize that there's so much going on inside every person that we don't know or understand, but God knows... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Patty Harmon
Another great story from Kingsbury. Just love this story about a boy with autism and the powerful force of friendship.Published 2 months ago by Love those books