Show Us Who You Are by Elle McNicoll
Children’s Bookseller Review by Alex:
‘I finished this book reeling, bursting with emotions and ready to read it again and recommend it to everyone I know. Elle is neurodivergent herself and that knowledge and understanding seeps through into every element of this book. The protagonist, Cora is autistic and her best friend has ADHD. Cora is dealing with everything that’s hard about feeling different, difficulties with friendships, trying to understand the social norms, finding her voice. When she is invited to help with a project at a company who builds AI representations of people, it soon becomes clear that everything is not as it seems… It’s hard not to give away too much of the plot but the themes are friendship, bravery, awareness and acceptance. If you leave this book without an insight into what it might be to be autistic then you need to read it again! This is the book I wish had been around years ago and I will be recommending it to everyone, those who are neurodiverse and those who aren’t but will benefit from gaining understanding from the neurodiverse people in their lives, their homes, their classrooms etc. When all’s said and done, it’s just a really good, well written, page turner of story. Hurrah for Elle!’
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When Cora’s brother drags her along to his boss’s house, she doesn’t expect to strike up a friendship with Adrien, son of the intimidating CEO of the Pomegranate Institute. As she becomes part of Adrien’s life, she is also drawn into the mysterious projects at Pomegranate. At first, she’s intrigued by them – Pomegranate is using AI to recreate real people in hologram form. As she digs deeper, however, she uncovers darker secrets. Cora knows she must unravel their plans, but can she fight to make her voice heard, whilst never losing sight of herself?