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Tune It Out



by
Jamie Sumner

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Simon & Schuster
Imprint
Atheneum
ISBN
9781534457003
POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Crime: General , Language: Mild Language , Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes , Language: Infrequent Use
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JLG Category

PG Middle Plus

Lou Montgomery has the voice of an angel, or so her mother tells her and anyone else who will listen. But Lou can only hear the fear in her own voice. She’s never liked crowds or loud noises or even high fives; in fact, she’s terrified of them, which makes her pretty sure there’s something wrong with her.

When Lou crashes their pickup on a dark and snowy road, child services separate the mother-daughter duo. Now she has to start all over again at a fancy private school far away from anything she’s ever known. With help from an outgoing new friend, her aunt and uncle, and the school counselor, she begins to see things differently. A sensory processing disorder isn’t something to be ashamed of, and music might just be the thing that saves Lou—and maybe her mom, too.

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Crime: General , Language: Mild Language , Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes , Language: Infrequent Use

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

288

Trim Size

8 3/10" x 5 1/2"

Dewey

F

AR

4.4: points 8

Lexile

670L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Nov 2020

Book Genres

Realistic Fiction

Topics

Singers. Sensory disorders. Mothers and daughters. Custody of children. Theater. Friendship. Family life.

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Praise & Reviews

Horn Book

When she slides off the road while driving to pick her mother up from work in a Lake Tahoe snowstorm—in a truck that is also their home—twelve-year-old Lou Montgomery ends up in state custody. A social worker deposits her in Tennessee with an aunt she has never met, and she finds herself in school for the first time in years. Middle-class norms are an adjustment for Lou, as is the encouragement to come to terms with her undiagnosed (and unacknowledged by her mother) sensory processing disorder. Lou gradually learns to accept the support that surrounds her—especially the friendship of her neighbor Well, who turns her into a theater kid—and to understand and manage her condition. But when her mother reestablishes contact, Lou finds her hard-won self-confidence challenged. Sumner does an excellent job of bringing readers into Lou’s interior world (“The sounds actually hurt, like knives someone is throwing at me”) and demonstrating her growth over the course of the book. Lou’s mother is a compelling foil, frustrating in her self-centeredness but also determined to do her best, as she sees it; and Well and the other secondary characters provide a rich backdrop for Lou’s story. SARAH RETTGER

Praise & Reviews

Horn Book

When she slides off the road while driving to pick her mother up from work in a Lake Tahoe snowstorm—in a truck that is also their home—twelve-year-old Lou Montgomery ends up in state custody. A social worker deposits her in Tennessee with an aunt she has never met, and she finds herself in school for the first time in years. Middle-class norms are an adjustment for Lou, as is the encouragement to come to terms with her undiagnosed (and unacknowledged by her mother) sensory processing disorder. Lou gradually learns to accept the support that surrounds her—especially the friendship of her neighbor Well, who turns her into a theater kid—and to understand and manage her condition. But when her mother reestablishes contact, Lou finds her hard-won self-confidence challenged. Sumner does an excellent job of bringing readers into Lou’s interior world (“The sounds actually hurt, like knives someone is throwing at me”) and demonstrating her growth over the course of the book. Lou’s mother is a compelling foil, frustrating in her self-centeredness but also determined to do her best, as she sees it; and Well and the other secondary characters provide a rich backdrop for Lou’s story. SARAH RETTGER

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