Wednesday, September 30, 2009

"Waiting on Wednesday" - Harmonic Feedback

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:

Harmonic Feedback by Tara Kelly
Release date:  May 25th 2010 by Henry Holt and Co.

Doctors have pinned 16-year-old Drea with everything from ADHD to Asperger’s Syndrome. She has an obsession with sound design, a tendency to blurt out whatever she’s thinking, and a problem making friends, but likes to think of this as following her own rhythm in a confusing world.

Drea is hesitant to befriend purple-haired Naomi, her teenage neighbor with a kamikaze personality. But Naomi is the first person to treat her like she isn’t a world class dork. Then there’s Justin, the sexy and persistent boy in her film class. If she’s learned anything from her mom, it’s that boys are trouble.

When Drea discovers Naomi’s love for drums and Justin’s piano prodigy status, the three form a trip-hop band and a friendship that will challenge everything Drea thought she knew about herself and the world around her.

What a refreshing cover, literally!  Not many books have broached the ADHD or Asperger's Syndrome topics.  I'm glad that this one is.  I've known some elementary kids with one or both of those diagnosis, and I've often wondered how they will cope as teenagers.  Will they have friends or will others think they're weird?  I'm anxious to see how this storyline plays out.


bermudaonion said...

This does sound good. There are lots of kids who are wrongly diagnosed with things like ADHD, when in fact they have a whole different condition.

Bingo said...

Oh, I have to think of the two books I read about Asperger's kids, since I taught several the past two years...they were excellent. It will come to me and I'll let you know...thanks for an interesting post!

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