Twelve-year-old Izzy wants to be like everyone else, but she has a secret. She isn’t weird or angry, like some of the kids at school think. Izzy has Tourette syndrome. Hiding outbursts and tics from her classmates is hard enough, but when a new girl arrives, Izzy’s fear of losing her best friend makes Izzy’s symptoms worse. And when she sees her crush act suspiciously, runaway thoughts take root inside of her. As the pressure builds and her world threatens to spin out of control, Izzy must face her fear and reveal her secret, whatever the costs. Authentic and perceptive, Different shines a light on the delicate line of a child’s hopes and fears and inspires us all to believe that perhaps we are not so different after all.

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  • Juvenile Fiction
  • Special

Age Level: 

  • 8 - 12
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Isabella Palmer does her best to be a “normal” 8th grader despite being diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome at age 5. No one knows of Isabella’s diagnosis except a few select teachers and her best friend, Abbie. Isabella is fine with that. But when she tries out for softball and Abbie seems to find a new best friend, she just might have to reveal her diagnosis. In time, Isabella learns that everyone has something they are hiding, and trust can only exist when all walls are broken down.

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