Todd Aaron has been a resident of the Payton Living Center for almost forty years. Todd has autism and was brought to Payton as a teenager by his mother. Todd's only family now is his brother, Nate, who comes to visit a few times a year. Todd's life has recently become complicated by a new roommate, with whom he clashes, and a recent hire named Mike Hinton, who reminds Todd of his abusive father. How will Todd handle the changes in his life? Best Boy, with Todd as the narrator, takes the reader inside the mind of someone with autism. A compelling read similar to Patricia Wood's Lottery.
I'm a librarian with a background in Reader's Advisory who left librarianship for domestic...uh...bliss.
From 1992-2003 I worked at the Downers Grove (IL) Public Library. I served on YALSA's Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults (1998-2000, chair 2000) and Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers (2001-2003, chair 2002). I wrote the article "Zap! Woosh! Kerplow! Build High Quality Graphic Novel Collections With Impact" (School Library Journal, January 1997). I am a substitute Reference Librarian at the Indian Prairie Public Library.