Marcelo in the Real World is by Francisco X. Stork. Marcelo is a teenager with an autism-like impairment. He has always gone to a special school and wants to continue to go there. His father, a powerful attorney, wants Marcelo to experience life in the "real world". He tells Marcelo if he comes to work at his father's law firm for the summer and completes his tasks, Marcelo will be able to remain at Patterson School, if he chooses to do so. As Marcelo interacts with people at the law firm, he discovers what life is really like in the "real world". A marvelous story in the vein of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime. Watching Marcelo move through life and grow makes you wonder if maybe we "normal people" aren't the ones with the impairment.
Ratings: 9th grade - 10 out of 10 - AC (some mature thematic content) - P (profanity).