Maya Plays the Part


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$11.99  $11.15
Annick Press
Publish Date
5.51 X 7.87 X 0.79 inches | 0.45 pounds

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About the Author

CALYSSA ERB is a queer, autistic Canadian writer of books for young readers. When not writing, she enjoys a tall mug of tea and hanging out with her ​Animal Crossing villagers. She currently lives in Toronto, Ontario.


"A winning and insightful portrait of a girl with big dreams. Maya Plays the Part deserves a standing ovation." --Cary Fagan, award-winning author of Hans Christian Andersen Lives Next Door
"A wonderful book . . . authentic autism representation shines on every page." --A. J. Sass, Sydney Taylor Honor award-winning author of Ellen Outside the Lines
"Maya, like all of us, is messy. She can be overconfident, inflexible, and unfair to her friends. But she's also passionate, hardworking, and struggling to cope in a world not built for her. . . . A highly recommended read, for autistic and allistic readers alike." --Meg Eden Kuyatt, author of Good Different
"A charming and relatable middle grade story. . . . This former drama kid and autistic girl loved it!" --Jackie Khalilieh, author of Something More
"We inhabit Maya Robertson's body, mind, and soul as she treads and trips over friendships, theater camp, and 'how to be' in the world. This is a heart-pounding and honest peek into a world we all need to know more about. Go Maya go!" --Teresa Toten, author of The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B
"An in-depth and loving portrayal of the elation, heartbreak, and offstage drama that comes with community theater. A must-read for theater kids." --Vikki VanSickle, author of P.S. Tell No One

"Utilizing an empathetic narrator who's easy to root for, debut author Erb, who is also autistic, crafts a personal and vulnerable story about one neurodivergent child's experience in discovering how to be herself as she learns to set boundaries and communicate with others."

--Publishers Weekly, *starred review, 12/14/23

"A relatable middle grade read with authentic autism representation and important lessons for readers everywhere." --School Library Journal, 02/24