Tune It Out by Jamie Sumner

Pages: 275

Publisher: Antheneum Books for Young Readers

Published: September 1, 2020

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Source: Hardcover through Local Public Library

Available Formats: Digital, Audio, Hardcover, and Paperback

My Review: If I could go back in time and change things I would be a full-time special education teacher so I do the next best thing, substitute teach. Books like this help me be a better substitute teacher.

I learned so much about Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) through the eyes of Lou. Noises bother me so I can only imagine how Lou feels and not having a support system that understands how to help her cope.

Just like with Sumner’s Roll With It, I will be sharing this book with all the students I can. Both books teach us how to be kind to others.

From Goodreads: A 2020 BookExpo Book Buzz Pick

From the author of the acclaimed Roll with It comes a moving novel about a girl with a sensory processing disorder who has to find her own voice after her whole world turns upside down.

Lou Montgomery has the voice of an angel, or so her mother tells her and anyone else who will listen. But Lou can only hear the fear in her own voice. She’s never liked crowds or loud noises or even high fives; in fact, she’s terrified of them, which makes her pretty sure there’s something wrong with her.

When Lou crashes their pickup on a dark and snowy road, child services separate the mother-daughter duo. Now she has to start all over again at a fancy private school far away from anything she’s ever known. With help from an outgoing new friend, her aunt and uncle, and the school counselor, she begins to see things differently. A sensory processing disorder isn’t something to be ashamed of, and music might just be the thing that saves Lou—and maybe her mom, too. 

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