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A KIND OF SPARK tells the story of 11-year-old Addie as she campaigns for a memorial in memory of the witch trials that took place in her Scottish hometown. Addie knows there's more to the story of these 'witches', just like there is more to hers. Can Addie challenge how the people in her town see her, and her autism, and make her voice heard?

A story about friendship, courage and self-belief, perfect for fans of The Goldfish Boy.

"Definitive and funny" Susin Nielsen

"A fabulous, brilliant debut" Lisa Thompson

Children'sFiction & true storiesFamily & home storiesChildren'sPersonal & social issuesDisability & special needs Publisher: Knights Of Media Publication Date: 04/06/2020 ISBN-13: 9781913311056  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Elle McNicoll is a debut children's author from Scotland, now living in East London. As a neurodivergent writer, she is passionate about disability rights and representation and assists as a mentor for neurodivergent students at UCL. When she isn't writing fiction, she works as an editor and in her spare time, makes colourful chokers for friends to wear. A Kind of Spark is her first novel.

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Okay so I have to tell you about A Kind of Spark by ⁠Elle McNicoll which is one of the best novels and representations of autistic people I have ever read. The story follows Addie, a young autistic girl, who campaigns for a memorial to the witch trials in her village.⁠ ⁠ Addie does this because in the story of the witches she recognises the persecution of difference that autistic people face, and she wants people to see and to listen and to remember. It’s a story of demanding to be seen.⁠ ⁠ Rare for most books, this book features more than one autistic character, and the tender relationship between Addie and her older sister Keedie is so touching. There is a sweet moment between them that made me cry so much I alarmed my dog. “Other people’s minds are small. Your mind is enormous. It has room for everything and everyone. You don’t want to be like other people.” How many of us have needed to hear that in our lives?⁠ ⁠ Alongside Addie’s campaign the book deals with ableist bullying from both adults & children, masking and it’s toll, and even highlights the darkest moments — the institutionalisation of autistic people.⁠ ⁠ But also it’s just a truly great story. It’s about difference and asking for space and the joy of being seen. It’s about family who love and support each other. It’s about history and recognition. I cried so many times for so many reasons.⁠ ⁠ One of the main reasons was knowing how much this book is just going to matter to autistic people. The novel is aimed for 9-12 year olds but I urge autistics of all ages to seek it out in June when it comes out. I feel like I’ve been seen and known, and told it will be ok.⁠

- 04/06/2020
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