È non è
(She is, she is not) Book not yet available in English
The narrator is the brother of Sara, a little girl affected by autism. Like a shadow along the walls, Sara slips and disappears, or she stays still, without talking or playing. Sara cannot control her emotions. Opposite elements coexist in her personality, making her an enigma in the eyes of the others: she is, she is not. But this does not prevent her brother from hugging her and making her feel all his affection.
Through a delicate and realistic narrative style, the book focuses on an extremely complex disorder, whose causes are still a mystery: autism. The description of Sara’s personality and everyday life is very accurate and it shows the intersection between gender and disability towards inclusion. Chiara Carrer’s illustrations are characterised by oneiric traits, and they are able to convey all the dramatic isolation and (un)aware powerlessness of Sara. The continuous dialogue between the illustrations and the text shows a poetic expressiveness and a respectful attention towards the disease, and it brings the young reader closer to the complex world of autism, also without the mediation of an adult.
Edited by: Centro MeTRa (Italy)