The Space We're In

By: Katya Balen

Frank loves soccer, codes, riding his bike, and playing with his friends. His brother Max is five. Max only eats foods that are beige or white, hates baths, and if he has to wear a t-shirt that isn’t gray with yellow stripes he melts down down down.

Frank longs for the brother he was promised by his parents before Max was born—someone who was supposed to be his biggest fan, so he could be the best brother in the world. Instead, Frank has trouble navigating Max’s behavior and their relationship. But when tragedy strikes, Frank finds a way to try and repair their fractured family, and in doing so learns to love Max for who he is.

In her debut novel, Katya Balen uses her knowledge of autism and experience working with autistic people to create an intriguing and intense yet always respectful family story.

ISBN: 9780823442898

JLG Release: Feb 2020

Sensitive Areas: Negative attitudes toward differing mental abilities, Death
Topics: Brothers , Autism , Family life , England , Schools , Friendship

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Book Details



First Release

February 2020



Dewey Classification


Trim Size

8 1/2" x 5 1/2"

Page Count


Accelerated Reader

Level 5.7; Points: 7;

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Hardcover edition


Holiday House

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Negative attitudes toward differing mental abilities, Death


Brothers, Autism, Family life, England, Schools, Friendship,

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Book Genres

Realistic Fiction

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