Heidi’s brother, Donald, is 16 and Autistic. She has always loved playing with him, but now she's 11 and her life is changing. She’s embarrassed to have her brother around and tries not to tell anyone about him. High school boys bully him. When the kids at her school find out about him, she gets bullied too.
It’s not fair. No one seems to understand.
But Heidi needs to understand too. She can't change her brother, but she can change how she feels about him, and she can get people to see why her brother is special.
Winner of the 2017 Literary Classics Seal of Approval, 2017 Human Relations Indie Book Awards - Gold Medal for Special Needs Awareness, 2017 Literary Classics - Silver Medal for Preteen Fiction, 2017 Purple Dragonfly Children's Book Award for Special Needs Awareness.
|Publisher:||D. G. Driver|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.32(d)|
|Age Range:||8 - 12 Years|
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents 1. It's Always "No" 1 2. Bullies 9 3. The Girls 13 4. Friday After 21 5. The Notes 29 6. My Turn to be Mean 35 7. At the Movies 43 8. Nowhere to Go 51 9. A Teenage Makeover 58 10. Not Like My Brother 65 11. Hiding 71 12. At the Dance 78 13. A Surprising Night 85 14. Monday Morning 96 15. What It's Like to be Special 106 16. Teaching and Learning 114 17. Someone Gets it Right 122 18. Yes 125 Author's Note and Resources 127
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
No One Needed to Know, by D. G. Driver, opens when Heidi (who so wishes she’d been named something more fitting, like “Storm”), and her brother, Donald, engage in a make-believe battle on a “boat” set that sits in the midst of their local park. Right off, the reader learns something interesting about Heidi who, in response to Donald’s question about whether he’d stopped the bad guy, tells him, “No.” She can’t explain why her “impulse was always to turn him down,” yet it was. Soon, the reader discovers that Donald is not your “typical” 16-year old. Rather, his learning disability means that Heidi, his younger sister, is already ahead of him in some regards. Her awareness of that fact is growing in her pre-teen years, and with it comes her frustration with his behavior—behavior she cannot fully understand. Seeking to engage in more “grown-up” ventures, new troubles take hold for Heidi, as she discovers that Donald is bullied. In her attempts to help him, she too becomes a victim of harassment. Fortunately for the both of them, Heidi eventually provides the means for building a bridge toward understanding, for herself and for others. D.G. Driver offers middle grade readers a lesson in bullying in her award-winning, No One Needed to Know. Having been bullied herself as a girl—because she had a “differently-abled” brother—Driver quickly gets to the heart of the matter. When someone stands out as “different,” often others may not know how to speak, what questions to ask, or even how to act. Driver’s story illustrates for both the young and the not-so-young, that bullying is never acceptable, and that a better understanding will likely bring about better results.