January 18, 2019

Penguin Days by Sara Leach

Author Sara Leach
Published Date : January 18, 2019
Publisher : Pajama Press
Genre : J Fiction / Social Issues
Rating : 4 Star

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Lauren and her family drive to a farm in North Dakota to visit relatives and celebrate her Auntie Joss’ wedding. But Lauren finds to her dismay that she is expected to do more than meet adults who hug her and invade her personal space. Lauren is going to be―horror of all horrors―a flower girl.
Lauren has Autism Spectrum Disorder, and she sees the world a little differently from other kids. What makes her comfortable are her routines and her coping mechanisms for her anxiety, which can get out of control in no time. So it is a challenge to deal with her rambunctious cousins, try on scratchy dresses, and follow impossible directions about going down aisles slowly-but-not-like-a-sloth and tossing pretend flowers around. Is it any surprise that Lauren flips her lid more than once? But while having an extended family seems like a lot of trouble at first, she’s about to learn just how much they can care for one another. 


This was a short story but it shows what goes through a mind of a young girl with Autism. With Lauren and her family having to drive to North Dakota for a family wedding because flying is out of the question for Lauren. As Lauren is the flower girl in the wedding, she sees things from everyone else that makes everything a challenge to her and her cousins in the most realist way ever. From acting like a sloth during the wedding rehearsal to annoying her cousins with penguin facts, this is a must read for anyone who is looking for a little something different from all the other books out there.

I can't say much more than that because y'all need to read this short tale that will give you a glimpse of what Autism is like for the person who has it and for the people around them.

Thank You to Sara Leach for this eye-opening book that much needed in this day and age.

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley!

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