Same But Different: Teen Life on the Autism Express (Hardcover)

Teen Life on the Autism Express

By Holly Robinson Peete, Rj Peete, Ryan Elizabeth Peete

Scholastic Press, 9780545094689, 224pp.

Publication Date: February 23, 2016



Being a teen is hard enough. But when you have autism--or when your brother or sister is struggling with the condition--life can be challenging. It's one thing when you're a kid in grade school, and a play date goes south due to autism in a family. Or when you're a little kid, and a vacation or holiday turns less-than-happy because of an autistic family member. But being a teen with autism can get pretty hairy--especially when you're up against dating, parties, sports, body changes, school, and other kids who just don't "get" you. In this powerful book, teenagers Ryan Elizabeth Peete and her twin brother, Rodney, who has autism, share their experiences of what it means to be a teen living with autism.
"Same But Different" explores the funny, painful, and unexpected aspects of teen autism, while daring to address issues nobody talks about. "Same But Different" underscores tolerance, love, and the understanding that everybody's unique drumbeat is worth dancing to.

About the Author

Ryan Elizabeth Peete and Rodney Peete, teenage twins, wrote this book with their mother, Holly Robinson Peete, to help share awareness about autism with other children who have been touched by it in some way. Ryan and Rodney travel with their mom, speaking to teens about their experiences growing up together. The Peetes live in Beverly Hills, California.