by Lyn Miller-Lachmann

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Rogue by Lyn Miller-Lachmann

Kiara has Asperger’s syndrome, and it’s hard for her to make friends. So whenever her world doesn’t make sense—which is often—she relies on Mr. Internet for answers. But there are some questions he can’t answer, like why she always gets into trouble, and how do kids with Asperger’s syndrome make friends? Kiara has a difficult time with other kids. They taunt her and she fights back. Now she’s been kicked out of school. She wishes she could be like her hero Rogue—a misunderstood X-Men mutant who used to hurt anyone she touched until she learned how to control her special power.

When Chad moves in across the street, Kiara hopes that, for once, she’ll be able to make friendship stick. When she learns his secret, she’s so determined to keep Chad as a friend that she agrees not to tell. But being a true friend is more complicated than Mr. Internet could ever explain, and it might be just the thing that leads Kiara to find her own special power.

In Rogue, author Lyn Miller-Lachmann celebrates everyone’s ability to discover and use whatever it is that makes them different.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101596739
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 05/16/2013
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
Lexile: 700L (what's this?)
File size: 807 KB
Age Range: 10 Years

About the Author

Lyn Miller-Lachmann ( also wrote the ALA Best Book for Young Adults and Bank Street Best Book Gringolandia, and edited Once Upon a Cuento, a short story collection for young readers by established and emerging Latino authors. She is the assistant host of Vientos del Pueblo, a bilingual radio show on WRPI-FM featuring Latin American and Spanish music, poetry, and history. Like Kiara, Lyn Miller-Lachmann has been diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, giving her writing a unique perspective. She lives in Albany, New York.

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It usually took the New Kids two weeks to dump me, three weeks at the most. Melanie Prince-Parker was the quickest. She moved from West Hartford to Willingham when we started eighth grade. I couldn’t make her sit across from me for more than five minutes of lunch, and at the end of the first week I spotted her in the middle of the popular girls’ table. I wanted to know how she did it. I wanted to be Melanie Prince-Parker. I used to watch her at lunchtime, first sitting at a table on the same side of the cafeteria, then moving closer and closer until one March day I set my tray at a corner of the table where the popular girls always sat. The girls instantly stopped talking. Melanie scraped her chair back and stood. I lowered my gaze but could feel her glare on my face. Without a word, Melanie pushed my tray from the table. I jumped backward. The clatter of plastic on tile broke the silence. The tip of the apple pie stuck out from an edge of overturned plate. Oily tomato sauce spread from a pile of sloppy joe toward the bun that rolled away. Wilted lettuce curled up next to the pale green tray. Kids surrounded me, shouting. Voices rose from the cho­rus. Ooh, snap! What was she thinking? You don’t do that, sit anywhere you want. That’s retarded. So weird. Look, she’s crying again. Crybaby Kiara! Crybaby Kiara! Through blurry eyes, I stared at my trembling hands. A clear droplet splashed on my wrist, but I hadn’t heard my­self crying with all the noise, the kids laughing. Anger surged from the pit of my empty stomach. My ears burned. I had a right to sit where I wanted. This wasn’t kin­dergarten where they assigned seats in the lunchroom. I picked up the tray. For a moment, I caught Melanie’s eyes. Scary eyes. Deep brown irises. My mind flashed to my mother’s eyes, what they looked like whenever I made Mami mad. Melanie wore black eyeliner like Mami too. I hadn’t seen those eyes since Mami left last month. I raised the tray above me, a batter waiting for the pitch. Melanie placed her hands on her hips and opened her mouth. Her soprano harmonized with the chorus around me. “Don’t be stupid, Kiara. Put the tray down.” I swung. I swung at the light brown face that contained those evil eyes. The tray slammed into her face. Shock waves vibrated in my arms and spread to the rest of my body. I let go of the tray. It bounced on my foot before hitting the tile with a thud. Laughter turned to screams. Melanie’s nose spurted blood. Past her lips, down her chin, onto her pink sweater. Then somebody’s huge arms locked around me and car­ried me away. Away from the cafeteria—and out of that school.st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) }/* Style Definitions */table.MsoNormalTable{mso-style-name:"Table Normal";mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0;mso-tstyle-colband-size:0;mso-style-noshow:yes;mso-style-parent:"";mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt;mso-para-margin:0in;mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt;mso-pagination:widow-orphan;font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-ansi-language:#0400;mso-fareast-language:#0400;mso-bidi-language:#0400;}

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Rogue 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Littlebookstar More than 1 year ago
First of all, I love how the cover has something to do with the story. Rogue, mutant, and BMX plays a big part in Rogue, and I think it’s smart and convenient how the definition is placed on the cover. This book is told from Kiara’s point of view, a 13 year old who has the Asperger’s syndrome because the medication that her father was taking when he had cancer affected her development. She constantly tells the readers of how she wishes she was like Rogue (a character from X-Men) and she even compares her friends and teacher to the characters in X-Men. Kiara’s family revolves around music. Her mother, who was born in El Salvador, travels to different places to play music. Her father plays the banjo, and he used to have a band. Kiara also has 2 brothers who are in college so she’s just left with her father at home. She constantly tells her mother to come home, but her mother tells her she can’t because of her job. Kiara feels like the real reason why her mother wouldn’t come home is because she has the syndrome and that she is an “accident”. Since she has the Asperger’s syndrome, which is an autism that affects one’s behavior and communication, she has a hard time making friends and feels like she has to “work hard” just to gain friends. She got picked on at school by the popular girls, and during the book, she is home schooled. Throughout the novel, we get to see how the people that Kiara meets makes a big impact in her life and decisions. Chad is Kiara’s neighbor who recently moved in. He’s a year younger than her, and Kiara is eager to be his friend. She follows whatever he tells her to do even though he treats her horribly, calling her names (i.e. retarded) like all the popular girls at school used to do. Chad’s character was just frustrating and maddening. He is very rude to Kiara even though she was kind to him ALL THE TIME. Chad is one of those characters who you would just want to punch in the face. He plays BMX which is a bicycle racing in dirt tracks. What I love about this book is that we get to see how the characters change from start to finish. Kiara’s the one who made the biggest change which made me very proud of her. She started out having a very low self esteem and ended up being somewhat confident after all the trouble she has gone with the new “friends” she’d made. I like how there wasn’t really any romance in this book. There’s a lot of adventure and twist that will make your jaw drop. It ended with a bam, and the whole book was just unpredictable. I recommend this to everyone, especially to those who are looking for a fresh contemporary read.