Yes

Marty Morgan, M&M, to his friends has the usual teenage problems plus a brain that doesn’t work the same way others’ do.

He finds it hard to read people and understand figures of speech; his fine motor and organisational skills are poor; and while he’s good at maths he struggles with all other subjects at school.

He has only one real friend, Luke – known as Legless though he does have one and a half legs. Then there’s Francessca with whom he’d like to be more than friends and his mother who’s going for a three month trip overseas without reservations and without his father’s whole-hearted support.

Luke ropes Marty into his team for the Young Enterprise Scheme (YES) where his ability to crochet becomes not only handy but a necessary part of the resulting business venture.

I was hooked from the first page and put the book down with great reluctance when I absolutely had to.

The characters are believable and the plot is entertaining with several serious threads woven through it.

The book is aimed at teenagers but like all good young-adult fiction will be enjoyed by older readers too. It could be of particular interest to anyone with experience of people with autistic spectrum disorders.

 

Yes by Deborah Burnside, published by Harper Collins.

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