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Cammie McGovern is the author of the adult novels Neighborhood Watch, Eye Contact and The Art of Seeing. She is one of the founders of Whole Children, a resource center that runs after-school classes and programs for children with special needs. She lives in the US but travels to London regularly. Cammie's sister is Elizabeth McGovern, one of the stars of Downton Abbey. This is her first book for young adults.
Deeply romantic, this is a moving love story that will leave readers thinking afresh about being different. Amy is clearly different; wheelchair bound and speaking though a computer she fights hard to be fully integrated with her high school peers. Her plan is that peer helpers should replace adult carers, partly so that she can make friends her own age. The person she most wants to help her is Matthew. She knows that he too has problems but will Matthew want to become her friend? Amy and Matthew each tell their story poignantly. ~ Julia Eccleshare
'Neither of us is exactly living the dream. But we're living something and that's more than either of us expected this year.' In A Step Toward Falling, Cammie McGovern tells a poignant, compelling story of not judging people on appearances and knowing how to fix the things you've broken. Emily has always been the kind of girl who tries to do the right thing - until one night when she does the worst thing possible. She sees Belinda, a classmate with developmental disabilities, being attacked. Inexplicably, she does nothing at all. Belinda, however, manages to save herself. When their high school finds out what happened, Emily and Lucas, a football player who was also there that night, are required to perform community service at a centre for disabled people. Soon, Lucas and Emily begin to feel like maybe they're starting to make a real difference. Like they would be able to do the right thing if they could do that night all over again. But can they do anything that will actually help the one person they hurt the most?
For nine years Adam has been the centre of his mother, Cara's, world. And, she thinks, she has been the centre of his. Until the day he disappears. When he is found in the woods behind his school, beside the body of a little girl whom Cara has never heard of before, it feels as if her world has been torn apart. As Adam is locked into silence, unable to tell his mother what he has seen, Cara's desperation to understand her little boy becomes fiercer than ever. A heartrending, utterly unputdownable story of the tangled bond between mother and child, Eye Contact engages the heart and will not let it go.