The Many Mysteries of the Finkel Family


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$17.99  $16.73
Dial Books
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5.8 X 8.6 X 1.0 inches | 0.88 pounds

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About the Author

Sarah Kapit lives in Bellevue, Washington, with her husband and their goofy orange cat. She earned a PhD in history from the University of California, Los Angeles, and she's always happy to talk about the history of women, medicine, and any other history geek topic. She has a longstanding involvement in the disability rights and neurodiversity movements, and serves as chairperson of the Association for Autistic Community.


Praise for The Many Mysteries of the Finkel Family

"Lara and her fifteen-months-younger sister, Caroline, both autistic, encounter a variety of challenges in middle school . . . the family dynamics reveal a deep-seated love and, occasionally, believably faltering tolerance for each other under the guidance of their caring but realistically challenged parents. Kapit keeps the focus squarely on how much the sisters share with their neurotypical classmates." --Kirkus

"A sensitive and frequently funny read and middle-school story with two distinctive, memorable heroines." --Horn Book

"Disabilities are an everyday part of the protagonists' lives and secondary to the issues they are dealing with here, making this a book that will appeal to readers of Cynthia Lord's Rules." --School Library Journal

"[Kapit] emphasizes a diversity of experiences--of autism, Jewish traditions (Ashkenazi and Sephardic), and family and school life--showing that there's no single iteration of any identity while highlighting a close-knit family that prioritizes making amends and learning to recover."--Publishers Weekly

"Lara is . . . searching for alternative ways to explain what she means. Caroline uses a tablet to talk and yearns to be accepted just as she is. . . . While the sisters process the world a little differently, expressing sensitivity to touch, light, and sound, readers will come away realizing that their need for emotional connection and mutual understanding is not so atypical."--School Library Connection

"The Finkels are heartwarmingly and universally relatable, for autistic readers, assistive tech users, and non-disabled readers alike. I adored tagging along after Lara and Caroline on their path through family foibles and middle-school mishaps, and I know you will too." --Sally J. Pla, award-winning author of The Someday Birds and Stanley Will Probably Be Fine

"Sarah Kapit has many spectacular, nuanced stories to tell. This book is expertly crafted from the inside out, and some readers may see their lives mirrored for the very first time. A wonderful book." --Ann Clare LeZotte, award-winning author of Show Me a Sign

"Lara and Caroline Finkel are real, complex, and wholly embraceable characters, and it's no mystery how readers will feel about this book; they'll be captivated." --Mike Jung, author of The Boys in the Back Row and Unidentified Suburban Object