Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco Stork

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Imagine CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG . . . with a romance, and you have the beginnings of this story of a young man struggling with the world outside his head--and the woman who gets inside it.

Marcelo Sandoval hears music no one else can hear--part of the autism-like impairment no doctor has been able to identify--and he's always attended a special school where his differences have been protected. But the summer after his junior year, his father demands that Marcelo work in his law firm's mailroom in order to experience "the real world." There Marcelo meets Jasmine, his beautiful and surprising coworker, and Wendell, the son of another partner in the firm. (cont'd)
 

About Francisco Stork

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Francisco X. Stork is the author of MARCELO IN THE REAL WORLD, winner of the Schneider Family Book Award for Teens and the Once Upon a World Award, and THE LAST SUMMER OF THE DEATH WARRIORS, which was named to the YALSA Best Fiction for Teens list. He lives near Boston with his wife.
 
Published February 1, 2010 by Arthur A. Levine Books. 324 pages
Genres: Romance, Young Adult, Children's Books, Westerns, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In what turns out to be considerably more than just another tale told by an intelligent narrator with a spectrum disorder, 17-year-old Marcelo Sandoval gets a life-changing taste of the “real world” when he’s forced to take a summer job in his father’s law firm.

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In this young adult novel, a sheltered boy with an autismlike condition agrees to work a summer in his father’s law office as a kind of life-fitness test.

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But he is forced to exit his comfort zone when his high-powered father steers Marcelo to work in his law firm’s mailroom (in return, Marcelo can decide whether to stay in special ed, as he prefers, or be mainstreamed for his senior year).

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Examiner

He recites scripture from all religions to himself in what he calls his “remembering.” When he begins work in his father's office he is suddenly forced into the “real world," a world of bustle, competitiveness, and even cruelty, and a world where his differences are not always understood or trea...

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Examiner

Marcelo in the Real World is a beautifully written novel and one of those stories that will stay in your mind long after you've finished reading it.

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The Bookbag

Summary: Thoughtful and uplifting, Marcelo in the Real World has a compelling narrative voice that adds an original edge to what is a poignant story.

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Teen Reads

His burgeoning friendship-bordering-on-relationship with Jasmine feels miraculous yet true, and readers will root for their union not for the usual reasons (she’s “hot,” he deserves a girlfriend, it’ll be fun), but because the two have a rare and beautiful (and chaste!) connection not often seen ...

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Common Sense Media

But Marcelo learns more about the real world than his father intended, including finding out just what kind of lawyer, and person, his father really is.

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We Love This Book

This is a story about Marcelo, a young boy with autism who has spent his childhood in an idyllic but protected farm environment for special children.

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WAPL Teens

Though his new boss, the smart and spunky Jasmine, is NOT happy about having Marcelo instead of the promised intern Belinda, Jasmine accepts Marcelo for who he is.

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The Yalsa Hub

Marcelo hears music inside his head and is fascinated by religion (some of his conversations with an older female Rabbi are worth the read in themselves) – and all the while, it is clear that Marcelo is first and foremost a teenage boy grappling with newness and circumstances that will impact the...

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Lectus cn 24 Nov 2015

I loved this book so much that I know I wont do it justice here.

Marcelo has some type of autistic disorder and goes to a special school for children with similar disabilities. Therefore, Marcel...

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