Book Review: Do You Know Me? by Libby Scott and Rebecca Westcott.

Okay so my review for the first book by Libby Scott and Rebecca Westcott, 'Can You See Me?' was pretty much an essay, so I will try to keep this one a little shorter, but boy is that so difficult with books like these where I want to shout from the rooftops about how important they are. I was nearly in tears by the end of this one. It's so good!

The Blurb.

Tally is autistic and proud. She used to feel like she had to hide her autism, but now Tally is determined to make sure people see who she really is.

But now Tally has a new worry - her school trip. And that means new places, new people and new challenges. She quickly falls in with the popular girls and is grateful that they don't make a big deal about her autism, but it's not long before Tally realises that, while the girls are popular, they aren't very kind.

With a jolt Tally understands that she's not the only one who's been made to feel like she has to hide her true self. But will she find the strength to stand up for herself and the people she knows are being treated unfairly, or will she stay quiet?

And will Tally ever find her people?

My Review.

'Do You Know Me?' is honest to goodness a book that I wish I could write. It has every little word of wisdom, inspiration and kindness that I could possibly hope to put out into the world between it's pages. It's just incredible. 

Just like the first book, there were moments in this one where my heart was racing, my blood was boiling, I had tears in my eyes and a smile across my face. I really feel like I know Tally now and hope that this series continues, as she educates the world on being Autistic. These books should be in every primary and secondary school as a way for kids to not only learn and understand more about Autism, but also as a reminder of how to be kind and how not to judge, label or bully kids that may be different to you. 

There are so many brilliant messages in this book that run smoothly alongside a fantastic story. It's so inspirational reading about Tally overcoming her fears or worries and seeing how persistent she is in a new environment. Many, many years ago now, I want to say around twelve, I went on a five night trip with year 6. There was a boy who was autistic on the trip and even though I wasn't working with him 1:1, I always paid close attention to him. I saw his ups and downs, his triumphs and frustrations, but it never occurred to me to properly stop and think about what that whole trip must have been like for him. I wish I had read these books back then. I wish I knew of books like this back then. 

I can happily say now though that I love being in an environment where I feel like everything Tally suggests in her books and everything that she advices or explains about being autistic is being implemented in the school where I work. It's so important for these voices to be heard and listened to. I can't begin to imagine secondary school life for Tally and how hard it must be, which is why I do highly recommend these books to all teachers, teaching assistants, midday staff and everybody really, so we can make this world a better place and a more understanding place for everyone! 

Seriously, pick up these books. Read, learn and educate others. They are fantastic stories with so much insight, as well as, so many wonderful messages that we should be teaching our kids. I adored them so much. 

Get 'Do You Know Me?' today!

Happy Reading!

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