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Inspired by a true story, Real speaks to all those who’ve ever felt they didn’t belong and reminds listeners that all people are worthy of being included.

My name is Charity. I am 13 years old. Actually, 13 years plus 87 days. I love sour gummies and pepperoni pizza. That last part no one knows because I have not spoken a sentence since I was born. Each dawning day, I live in terror of my unpredictable body that no one understands.

Charity may have mad math skills and a near-perfect memory, but with a mouth that can’t speak and a body that jumps, rocks, and howls unpredictably, most people incorrectly assume she cannot learn. Charity’s brain works differently from most people’s because of her autism, but she’s still funny, determined, and kind. So why do people treat her like a disease or ignore her like she’s invisible?

When Charity’s parents enroll her in a public junior high school, she faces her greatest fears. Will kids make fun of her? Will her behavior get her kicked out? Will her million thoughts stay locked in her head forever? With the support of teachers and newfound friends, Charity will have to fight to be treated like a real student.

©2020 Carol Cujec and Peyton Goddard Irrevocable Special Needs Trust (P)2021 Blackstone Publishing

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  • 02-05-2021

Everyone needs to read this!

I was in tears multiple times during this book. It makes you really stop and think how we treat people and the limits we ourselves place on people just because they may look or act different. It’s a must read for all ages!

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  • 20-04-2021

More understanding for Autism

As a college-graduate & teacher, this book was amazing about how someone with autism can be overlooked. As an aunt to an autistic nephew, this knowledge is such a blessing to comprehend the gifts available within someone who’s trapped inside their disabilities. Every educator should study this book.

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  • 19-04-2021

This is a must read.

The great humanity of this book leaves me speechless. It is a book constantly on my mind. One of the best books I’ve read this year.

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  • Cherie
  • 05-10-2021

Wonderful book!

This book is wonderful! If we can all be more like Charity, her spirit is amazing and insightful. Very well written!

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