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41 March 2017 | Professionally Speaking For additional reviews of French-language resources, visit pourparlerprofession.oeeo.ca. With the exception of some classroom sets, items reviewed are available on loan from the Margaret Wilson Library at the College. Contact Olivia Hamilton at 416-961-8800 (toll-free in Ontario 1-888-534-2222), ext 679 or email library@oct.ca. reviews Your guide to recently released books and other teaching resources. PHOTOS: STEPHEN FERRIE Don't Tell, Don't Tell, Don't Tell, Second Story Press, Toronto, 2016, softcover, ISBN 978-1-927583-95-1, 272 pages, $12.95, distributed in Canada by UTP, secondstorypress.ca Don't Tell, Don't Tell, Don't Tell BY LIANE SHAW We first meet Frederick in a police station where he is being questioned about the disappear- ance of his friend Angel, who has been missing for several days. The reader quickly realizes Frederick has a unique way of viewing the world: he dislikes being called Fred, or Freddy, and will only answer to Frederick; he only wears shirts with buttons as other shirts can trap him; his morning routine involves him sliding his feet into slippers rather than touching the floor; and he always puts his left leg through his pants first. We later learn Frederick has Asperger's syndrome. Partially told from Frederick's perspective, the book admits readers into the world of a teenager who struggles to fit into society's norms. Frederick has only one friend at school until Angel, a newcomer whom he meets in the school library, comes along. Social interactions are difficult for him, and over time he has built up an arsenal of strategies to help him cope with his teachers and other students. He has a particularly diffi- cult time with the Despisers, the nickname he has given the bullies who relentlessly harass him. Angel is having her own trou- bles fitting into her new school, and it is a joy to watch the friendship between these two outsiders develop. The first half of the book is written in Frederick's voice, and while young- er readers may get bogged down in Frederick's inner dialogue, teens will enjoy his views on the world. The second half is narrated by Angel and it is inter- esting to see how she views Frederick and how important their unusual friendship has become to her. Liane Shaw, a retired Special Education resource teacher, shines a spotlight on what living with Asperger's looks and feels like. We watch Frederick grow confident in his abilities, and cheer as he reaches far outside his comfort zone to find Angel. While this book tackles a number of teen issues including sexual assault and bullying, the story of Frederick and Angel is ultimately one of acceptance, a universal theme to which all students will be able to relate. Bev Bellrose, is a library technician at Sudbury Secondary School. Breakthrough: How One Teen Innovator is Changing the World, HarperCollins Canada, Toronto, 2015, hardcover, ISBN 978-0-06-236965-9, 256 pages, $23.99, harpercollins.ca Breakthrough BY JACK ANDRAKA In 2012, American high school student Jack Andraka created an early-detection test for pancreatic, ovarian and lung cancer that has the potential to be at least 400 times more effective than the medical standard, costing less than a nickel per use. In his book, 18-year-old Andraka shares the frustrations he encountered in not being taken seriously by experts before receiving international recognition and respect. As Andraka goes from eating lunch alone in a washroom stall to dining at the White House, it becomes clear that Breakthrough is much more than a book about an experiment inspired by the death of a family friend; it's a story about developing resilience amid rejection and surrounding oneself with supportive people. Andraka's public struggle with gaining acceptance from the scientific community mirrors his personal struggle with depression as he embraces his sexuality and seeks acceptance from his family, teachers and peers. The intertwining of Andraka's scientific and personal breakthroughs serve as an inspiration for current safe schools policies and programs, as well as mental health and wellness initiatives. Breakthrough also encourages students 13 and older to see their mistakes as opportunities for learning. After all, Andraka wrote over 200 emails before he found someone to believe in his hypothesis. Andraka is indeed changing the world, one patient, one audience member and one reader at a time. Anne Marie Landon, OCT, is acting principal at George Vanier Catholic School in Combermere.

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