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Before You Take a Stand ... You Got to Take a Chance. Holden Harris is an eighteen-year-old locked in a prison of autism. Despite his quiet ways and quirky behaviors, Holden is very happy and socially normal--on the inside, in a private world all his own. In reality, he is bullied at school by kids who only see that he is very different. Ella Reynolds is part of the "in" crowd. A cheerleader and star of the high school drama production, her life seems perfect. When she catches Holden listening to her rehearse for the school play, she is drawn to him ... the way he is drawn to the music. Then, Ella makes a dramatic discovery--she and Holden were best friends as children. Frustrated by the way Holden is bullied, and horrified at the indifference of her peers, Ella decides to take a stand against the most privileged and popular kids at school. Including her boyfriend, Jake. Ella believes miracles can happen in the unlikeliest places, and that just maybe an entire community might celebrate from the sidelines. But will Holden's praying mother and the efforts of Ella and a cast of theater kids be enough to unlock the prison that contains Holden? This time, friendship, faith, and the power of a song must be strong enough to open the doors to the miracle Holden needs.

Publisher: Grand Rapids, Mich. : Zondervan, c2010.
ISBN: 9780310266952
Characteristics: 323 p. ; 23 cm.


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Aug 25, 2016

this is a warm and touching story that makes the average reader aware of autism and the forms it can take. It also tackles the issue of bullying.

It is a lovely read.

Jul 20, 2015

I can relate to Holden, which allowed me to really get in to the book, I Loved it.

Jan 17, 2015

I couldn't stop reading this book. I was captured throughout the book by this story of an autistic boy and how music and a loving friend brings him out of (unlocks him from) his private world. A MUST READ!

jhoerger Jun 20, 2014

I absolutely love this book! Such an amazing novel about the importance of reaching out to others even if they are different than you! I love how music and close friends help "unlock" the boy with autism in this heart-wrenching tale! A MUST READ!

Jul 24, 2012

I love it so much!!!!!

glynis79 Mar 07, 2012

Incredibly touching, heart warming and wonderfully told. You will laugh, cry and learn through the character's experiences.

Sep 21, 2011

Very touching, Very Cliche!! One thing my reading habits are not about however, is cliche!!

choirflute Sep 18, 2011

This is a great book. As a fifteen year old Christian, I don't usually like Kingsbury's books, but this book may very well be my favorite book ever. I also recommend "Heaven is for Real" which is the story of an almost four year old who visits Heaven.

ragbagster Jul 16, 2011

Great book for parents and teachers-even for young adults who need to be made aware of differences among students.

Jul 02, 2011

excellent Christian book about autistic boy who participated in drama class.

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Jul 24, 2012

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