Centuries ago, women considered "different" or "weird" were accused of witchcraft and brutally punished. While this feels like ancient history to most, neurodivergent kids are still bullied and ostracized for the same kinds of differences. This hits home for our main character, whose goal of creating a memorial for those lost during the witch trials underpins the struggles our neuro-typical-centered world creates for her, as well as her deep, beautiful, ever-growing understanding of her autistic self.
Perfect for readers of Song for a Whale and Counting by 7s, a neurodivergent girl campaigns for a memorial when she learns that her small Scottish town used to burn witches simply because they were different.
"A must-read for students and adults alike." -School Library Journal, Starred Review
Ever since Ms. Murphy told us about the witch trials that happened centuries ago right here in Juniper, I can’t stop thinking about them. Those people weren’t magic. They were like me. Different like me.
I’m autistic. I see things that others do not. I hear sounds that they can ignore. And sometimes I feel things all at once. I think about the witches, with no one to speak for them. Not everyone in our small town understands. But if I keep trying, maybe someone will. I won’t let the witches be forgotten. Because there is more to their story. Just like there is more to mine.
Award-winning and neurodivergent author Elle McNicoll delivers an insightful and stirring debut about the European witch trials and a girl who refuses to relent in the fight for what she knows is right.
About the Author
Elle McNicoll is a debut children's author from Scotland, now living in East London. As a neurodivergent writer, she is passionate about disability rights and representation. A Kind of Sparkis her first novel. You can find her online at ellemcnicoll.com.
A Peter Blue Book Award Winner for Best Story of the Year!
"This debut novel from neurodivergent author McNicoll will bring readers to tears and have them cheering for Addie as she learns how much she has to offer the world." -School Library Journal, Starred Review
"The author, herself neurodivergent, imbues Addie’s unapologetically autistic perspective with compassion and insight." -Kirkus Reviews
Whether they’re facing similar neurodivergent challenges or not, readers will appreciate Addie’s honesty, and they may follow her lead in reconsidering history.” –The Bulletin
"The writer (autistic herself) busts some myths about neuro-divergency as she presents a flawed, loving, believable family and a convincing, nuanced, and very likable main character with a distinctive voice.” –The Horn Book