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Autism, the Invisible Cord: A Sibling's Diary

Autism, the Invisible Cord: A Sibling's Diary

by Barbara S Cain


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Silver Medal, Mom's Choice Awards for Young Adult Body, Mind and Spirit

Sure, everyone at school knows about Ezra. You don't have to be a rocket scientist to figure it out. But I don't talk about him to anyone but Zoe…I rarely talk about him even to her. She doesn't ask and I don't tell. If I were to bare my soul about Ez, I'd worry she might turn against him or think less of me or say something about him I couldn't forgive. So I stay silent.

Meet Jenny — a teen who confides in her diary about what it is like to live with Ezra, her younger brother with autism, and her life with the most "wacky, exasperating, infuriating, amazing younger brother!"

If living with Ezra weren't hard enough, Jenny must deal with school bullies, rude classmates, and fragile friendships. But with the promise of a summer writing program and an Ezra-inspired project, Jenny finds the courage to be more than just "Ezra's sister, protector, defender, and his best and only friend," and loosens the invisible cord just enough to follow her own dreams.

Includes a Note to Readers.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781433811920
Publisher: American Psychological Association
Publication date: 08/28/2012
Pages: 112
Product dimensions: 8.30(w) x 5.40(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 12 - 15 Years

About the Author

Barbara Cain, MSW, is a clinical supervisor at the University of Michigan's Psychological Clinic. Cain is also the author of several children's books on divorce, ambivalence, shyness, and diverse family structures, including two Magination Press books: Double Dip Feelings: Stories to Help Children Understand Emotions and I Don't Know Why…I Guess I'm Shy. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, the Christian Science Monitor, and Teen magazine. She also conducts a private practice in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Visit her at and follow her on Facebook: @BarbaraSCain and Twitter: @BarbaraSCain.

Table of Contents

October: Wingnuts and Widgets 5

November: Talking Turkey 15

December: Wishing for Willy 35

January: A Neu Worth 49

February: To Be or Not to Be … My Valentine 61

March: Eye Spy 73

April: Invisible Dis-cord 87

May: And the Winner Is 95

June: Viva Le Ezra 105

Note to Readers 109

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