Tornado Brain by Cat Patrick

91HHEyikIdL._AC_UL320_Tornado Brain by Cat Patrick. G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 9781984815316, 2020

Format: Hardcover, 286 pages

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4

Genre:  Realistic Fiction/ Mystery

What did you like about the book? Life for thirteen year old Frankie can be daunting; working with her Asperger’s and sensory processing disorder makes it even more challenging.  How is she supposed to work through this, stay off mediation and deal with the loss of her ex-best friend, Colette?  Her twin sister, Tess, loves her and tries to be patient with Frankie’s unusual character traits.  This novel gives an in-depth and not often seen window into the mind of a child with Asperger’s Syndrome.  Her relationship with her mother, sister, and school mates give insight into her behavior and why she makes the decisions she does.  Frankie likes to know about tornadoes and every chapter begins with a fact or myth about these phenomena.  Readers are brought into her life and learn how she overcomes what others would consider mundane.  A mystery that will keep readers turning pages to see what happens next as Frankie, unknowing detective, uses her detail-oriented brain to put together clues to find her missing friend.

Anything you didn’t like about it? Very interesting subject matter, however the reading can be dry at times.  Frankie’s character and her challenges can make it hard to warm to.  Supporting characters are not as well developed as Frankie.  There are twists and turns to the plot, however the story line is mildly predictable.

To whom would you recommend this book? Readers in grades 4 and up who enjoy realistic fiction mysteries, or books where the main character has Asperger’s syndrome will enjoy this text.  

Who should buy this book? This would be a good purchase for school or public libraries that want more books with main characters that have Asperger’s.  

Where would you shelve it? Realistic Fiction/ Mystery

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?  I feel that this title would reside near the top of a “to read” pile.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Elena Schuck, Nathaniel H. Wixon School Library, Dennis, Massachusetts

Date of review: May 27, 2020

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