Same but Different by Holly Robinson Peete is a story about a boy with autism and his twin sister. The book shows readers the point of views of both Charlie and Callie. Charlie was born with autism, but his twin, Callie, was not. The book depicts how Charlie feels about having autism and how Callie feels about having to always be with Charlie. You can see that both characters feel the same about a lot of things, but they never inform the other, so they become annoyed at each other without realizing it.
Same but Different really shows the “behind the scenes” of having autism and also what it is like to care for someone with autism. The story not only shows this, but it also tells readers what it is like to go through all of this on top of also dealing with everyday teenager problems (bullying, school, sports, etc.) This book is perfect for anyone who might know someone with autism or wishes to learn more about what it’s like to have autism.
Same but Different would be a great book for anyone aged 12 & up. The language and the story are clear. I would rate the book 4 stars out of 5. I would definitely recommend this book to others.
By: Amritha – Nepean Centrepointe TAG member