Marcelo in the Real World by Francesco X. Stork



Hardcover, 312 pages

Published: March 1st 2009, Arthur A. Levine Books (1st published March 1, 2008)

Setting: Massachusetts

Literary Awards: Schneider Family Book Award for Teen Book (2010), South Carolina Book Award Nominee for Young Adult Book Award (2011), Sakura Medal Nominee for High School Book (2010), Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award (ALAN/NCTE) Nominee (2010), Voya Perfect Ten (2009), The Inky Awards Nominee for Silver Inky Long List (2011), Abraham Lincoln Award Nominee (2014), ALA Best Books for Young Adults (2010)


Seventeen-year-old Marcelo, who has neurological differences similar to Asperger’s Syndrome, will soon start his senior year of high school. His father’s income as founding partner of a law firm has provided the opportunity to attend Paterson, an excellent school for individuals with disabilities. There, Marcelo has been accepted for who he is and allowed as much time as he needs to process what’s going on in his environment and finish tasks. This is a place where Marcelo isn’t rushed and feels accepted and appreciated for who he is.

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