The Purple Door Book Club (middle grade)

Image: Two dogs look through the window of the little purple door at Walter Dean, catCalling all readers around the ages of 8-12! Join The Purple Door Book Club once a month to talk about books.
We meet one Sunday a month at 5:30PM CT / 6:30PM ET. Currently, all of our meetings are VIRTUAL! Email book club leader Linda at for more information.

Sunday, May 2, 5:30PM: Can You See Me? by Libby Scott and Rebecca Westcott

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Sunday, 2 May 2021 - 5:30pm
Can You See Me? Cover Image
ISBN: 9781338608939
Availability: On Our Shelves Now (Subject to Availability)
Published: Scholastic Inc. - February 2nd, 2021

A coming-of-age story about learning to celebrate yourself -- and teaching the world to recognize you, too -- perfect for fans of R.J. Palacio's Wonder!


"This glimpse into the world of a young autistic girl is astonishingly insightful and honest. Tally's struggles to 'fit in' are heart-wrenching, and her victories are glorious." -- Ann M. Martin, Newbery Honor and New York Times bestselling author of Rain Reign

Things Tally is dreading about sixth grade:

-- Being in classes without her best friends

-- New (scratchy) uniforms

-- Hiding her autism

Tally isn't ashamed of being autistic -- even if it complicates life sometimes, it's part of who she is. But this is her first year at Kingswood Academy, and her best friend, Layla, is the only one who knows. And while a lot of other people are uncomfortable around Tally, Layla has never been one of them . . . until now.

Something is different about sixth grade, and Tally now feels like she has to act "normal." But as Tally hides her true self, she starts to wonder what "normal" means after all and whether fitting in is really what matters most.

Inspired by young coauthor Libby Scott's own experiences with autism, this is an honest and moving middle-school story of friends, family, and finding one's place.

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