Marcelo in the Real World- Francisco X. Stork
Marcelo is a high functioning autistic boy who is perfectly happy in his world. He attends Paterson, a school where he is able to interact with other students like him and he is also able to work in the stables with the haflinger ponies. The summer before Marcelo will be a senior in high school, his father, Arturo, tells him that he must enter "the real world." Arturo makes a deal with Marcelo. If Marcelo works with Arturo at his law firm for the summer and does all that he is asked, then he will be allowed to choose whether he would like to return to Paterson for his senior year, or if he would like to attend the public high school.
Upon entering "the real world," Marcelo is constantly learning about himself and those around him, and realizes that people are not always what they seem. He also learns that it can be difficult to decide what it means to do the right thing. At times funny and at other times heartbreaking, Francisco X. Stork's Marcelo in the Real World is a fascinating, fun read where one can see the world through the eyes of an innocent boy and see how he much he changes over one short summer.