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Review: The Sound of Letting Go by Stasia Ward Kehoe

In honor of National Poetry Month AND National Autism Awareness Month, I bring to you The Sound of Letting Go a novel in verse about a girl named Daisy who has a brother, Steven, with autism.

Daisy Meehan has always been a GOOD girl. She gets home on time, watches her brother Steven whenever her mom needs a break, practices her trumpet, and never makes waves.

But then her parents start having late night meetings in the kitchen with the door closed and Daisy figures they're getting divorced. She's aware of the statistics, how hard having an autistic child can be on marriages.

While there's turmoil at home, Daisy focuses on things at school. There are two boys who have both caught her eye, quiet Cal on an exchange program from Ireland and Dave who she used to share jelly sandwiches with when they were kids. And she daydreams of going to a summer band program.

It's a lot to juggle and Daisy does her best. Until she just can't anymore. Until her parents drop a bomb on her that has nothing to do with their marriage and everything she's always believed about family.

A light read on a difficult topic. Recommended for anyone in high school.

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