Baylor's Song

Children - Grade 4th-6th
30 Pages
Reviewed on 05/12/2020
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Reviewed by Tiffany Ferrell for Readers' Favorite

In Baylor’s Song, we are introduced to a young girl named Baylor. She has autism which makes it hard for her to interact with her peers. She doesn’t talk a lot and dislikes loud noises; she has a hard time asking questions and gets sad and frustrated when she can’t make her thoughts and wants known to others. She is seen as different and weird at school where they mercilessly bully her by calling her names and saying she’s dumb and a loser. Baylor’s feelings are hurt on a daily basis, and she wishes that she could be like everyone else. With the problems she faces with normal communication, her peers don’t understand what is wrong with her. Her mother and father believe in her and know how bright and creative she is. Baylor’s mother tells her that she’ll change the world one day with her gifts.

I think Michael Wesley Smither has done an amazing job with this book. The story and plot line are well-written and realistic. Myself being on the autism spectrum, reading Baylor’s struggles took me back to that age. I found the story very accurate and believable in how he writes Baylor’s inner thoughts about her issues. It was the same sort of thoughts I had myself at that age. In this book, I feel like that simple inner monologue will help a child reader better understand other kids who might not be the same as them. It also shows that everyone is special in his or her own way. While Baylor might not have been able to express herself in a verbal or social manner, her creativity and music spoke volumes as to who she was as a person. This is definitely a book that children should read and a subject that kids should be educated on.