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Autism, Family

Autism Awareness April – Tara Kelly – Harmonic Feedback


This novel was a reassuring discovery, after the joy of Marcelo in the real world and My Life as an alphabet, I ditched a number of books because they started with death, or head flushing and were too depressing and perhaps confronting for me to continue. However, not so Harmonic Feedback. I found the main character Drea believable, human and in no way pitiful.  She simply represents the struggle many of us go through from time to time, to fit in, to work out what the rules are for the situation we are in. Indeed, Tara Kelly, the author of Harmonic Feedback states “Harmonic Feedback is not about defining Asperger’s Syndrome (AS) or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). It’s about one girl’s story and experience–which I hope everyone (whether on the autistic spectrum or not) can relate to. Each individual has a unique personality and set of challenges, and this is an ongoing theme in Harmonic Feedback, both with Drea and the people in her life.”  My only criticism is the last chapter, which I found a bit predictable…. But then, how else do you finish it? For 14+


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I am a secondary English/History teacher (BA DipEd, MA (Education) and a Teacher Librarian (MEd). I LOVE to research and through this site aim to -Support the introduction of the Australian Curriculum (especially in History) through sourcing quality and varied internet based sources (research guides) - Support teachers through conducting education based literature reviews - Provide suggestions on useful Web 2.0 tools - Offer other services such as curriculum writing, library collection assessment, novel recommendations (see my blog


One thought on “Autism Awareness April – Tara Kelly – Harmonic Feedback

  1. Sounds like a great book. I shall read it and let you know how I got on! My fav book so far this year is “My Heartbeat”,which again is all about working out the ‘rules’ of behaviour in a particular situation. About the complications, for a girl, of loving someone who’s sexual orientation is yet to be discovered…so well written too..

    Posted by Julia Ditterich | April 20, 2013, 4:47 pm

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