Astronomy-loving Calliope June has Tourette syndrome, so she sometimes makes faces or noises that she doesn't mean to make. When she and her mother move yet again, she tries to hide her TS. But it isn't long before the kids at her new school realize she's different. Only Calliope's neighbor, who is also the popular student body president, sees her as she truly is--an interesting person and a good friend. But is he brave enough to take their friendship public?
As Calliope navigates school, she must also face her mother's new relationship and the fact that they might be moving--again--just as she starts to make friends and finally accept her differences.
Ellie Terry's affecting debut will speak to a wide audience about being true to oneself.
About the Author
Ellie Terry is a poet, writer, and reader who is diagnosed with Tourette syndrome. She loves baking brownies and has a slight obsession with the moon. She lives in Utah with her husband and their three children.
Ellie is the author of Forget Me Not.
"Written in a patchwork of prose poetry and free verse, Terry’s narrative deftly represents the reality of TS in its fullness. It works to deconstruct common misconceptions, such as that those who have TS have a propensity to swear, and sheds light on the raw confusion and the frightening nature of a physical experience that is utterly unpredictable . . . This exploration of Calli’s neurological disorder and her struggle to find her place will stay in the hearts and minds of readers for a long time; a good addition for most collections."--School Library Journal
"Terry, who has Tourette syndrome herself, offers enormous insight into an often-misunderstood condition, writing in verse for Calliope’s chapters and prose for Jinsong’s. Her poetic explorations of Calliope’s anxiety and Jinsong’s moral struggles are honest and moving."--Publishers Weekly
"This heartfelt, multivoice story with a meaningful message about friendship and acceptance is perfect for kids who appreciate realistic, character driven stories, such as Rebecca Stead’s Goodbye Stranger (2015)."--Booklist
"Terry’s use of figurative language and symbolism is magical. This book will appeal to most middle school girls and will hopefully get read by some boys as well. It will offer lessons in tolerance, acceptance, and kindness toward those different than themselves."--School Library Connection
"The novel’s dual narrative offers differing perspectives on the experience of Tourette syndrome, both in Callie’s verse, which is driven by genuine descriptions of uncontrollable impulse, and Jinsong’s frustration-filled prose. . . . the narrative ends with the emphasis on character that is the driving force of the entire story. Terry, who has Tourette syndrome, provides perceptive insights into an oft-misunderstood disorder through Callie’s voice, making Forget Me Not a character-driven success. This is a recommended purchase, particularly for school librarians who can benefit from the teachable elements of both empathy and poetic form."--VOYA