On July 23rd, 2013, Cinco Puntos Press released Remember Dippy by Shirley Reva Vernick. Remember Dippy, a YA Fiction featuring a character with autism, is a middle grade/young adult coming-of-age novel that tweens and young teens will enjoy. It is about a boy Johnny and his unexpected friendship with his cousin Remember, who is different from other children. This unexpected friendship leads Johnny to have a summer he won’t soon forget. In this 176 page Young Adult Fiction story, Vernick looks at autism through storytelling and weaves delightfully memorable characters into the story.
One reviewer wrote that Remember Dippy is a book parents should share with their young teens because the message and moral of the story is something all tweens/teens should be exposed to.
Remember Dippy fits perfectly into the world of Autism media and is an effective method for children to get a view of what acceptance and friendship can be. Remember Dippy is an endearing story that answers the question, “How do you make friends with somebody so different?” Special Needs Book Review thanks Shirley Reva Vernick for her guest post introducing Remember Dippy.
Guest post by Shirley Reva Vernick
Remember Dippy:YA Fiction Featuring a Character with Autism
Thirteen-year-old Johnny is dreading summer this year because his mom is making him help out with his autistic cousin, a 15-year-old boy named Remember. Remember is obsessed with Twinkies. He’s awkward. He watches The Weather Channel for fun. So Johnny is sure the summer is going to be a flop. But when some jewels go missing…and the local jock gets stuck in the lake during a storm…and a lonely new girl comes to town…things get more exciting than either boy could have imagined.
My new novel Remember Dippy strives to help tween and teen readers discover the rich potential of unexpected, even improbable friendships. The book’s quirky characters and interwoven storylines show how similar “normal” people and “different” people really are.
Excerpts from Remember Dippy:
Now, before you go thinking I’m a selfish brat, you’ve got to understand about my cousin Remember. Yes, that’s right, his name is Remember—straight out of some New Age baby-naming book. He’s two years older than me, and he’s what polite people call different. I call him weird. He doesn’t have friends. He looks the wrong way when you speak to him. He either talks a mile a minute or not at all. He’s stubborn and high-strung. I could go on and on. Not that it’s his fault. Mom says he’s wired differently. Aunt Colette says he’s just who he is. But fault or no fault, he’s hard even to be around much less look after. This is definitely going to be a disaster.
He’s the reason I have to get up so early, the reason I got into it with Dirk the Jerk, the reason I’m always late to meet my friends, the reason my whole summer’s going to be a bust.
And what’s he doing? Humming Zippity Doo-Da, that’s what.”
Shirley Reva Vernick’s YA novel The Blood Lie won the Simon Wiesenthal Once Upon a World Children’s Book Award in 2012 and was named a Best Fiction Book for Young Adults by the American Library Association. Her articles and essays have appeared in Cosmopolitan, Salon, Good Housekeeping, Ladies’ Home Journal and newspapers nationwide. She also helps run a popular storytelling website, storybee.org, which is used in schools, libraries, hospitals and homes all over the world. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband, two children and two frisky dogs.
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