Marcelo in the Real World

Source: Jewish Book Council

This is a book that refuses to be forgotten. It is a story that dares the reader to be a better person. Marcelo is not your typical protagonist. He has an Asperger’s-like disorder. His affect is flat and he understands that he cannot read facial expressions or internalize some complex emotions. Stork integrates what is different about him—he listens to internal music, lives in a tree house, and prefers to discuss his special interest, religion—with what makes him like us. Marcelo longs to feel safe. He wants to be liked. He wants to be helpful and successful.


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