Marcelo in the Real World

Marcelo in the Real World
Francisco X Stork
Reviewed by Vanessa Lewis
Scholastic
Mon, 06/06/2011
9781407121000
£8.99

This is a story about Marcelo, a young boy with autism who has spent his childhood in an idyllic but protected farm environment for special children.

At 17, his father forces him to spend the summer in his law firm, where Marcelo learns about human nature and how people can love but also hurt, betray and corrupt.

Narrated in Marcelo's unique way, you find yourself willing him to experience an emotion—yet it is this frustration that makes the book strangely compelling. As Marcelo processes the world around him and gains confidence in his moral decisions, the book gives real insight into 
his remarkable and charming 
mind and reaches an ultimately uplifting conclusion.

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