By Karen Kingsbury
Sooner than you're taking a Stand ... you were given to Take an opportunity. Holden Harris is an eighteen-year-old locked in a jail of autism. regardless of his quiet methods and quirky behaviors, Holden is especially chuffed and socially normal---on the interior, in a personal international all his personal. actually, he's bullied in school by way of youngsters who in simple terms see that he's very diversified. Ella Reynolds is a part of the 'in' crowd. A cheerleader and big name of the highschool drama construction, her existence turns out ideal. while she catches Holden hearing her rehearse for the college play, she is interested in him ... the way in which he's interested in the track. Then, Ella makes a dramatic discovery---she and Holden have been most sensible associates as young children. annoyed incidentally Holden is bullied, and horrified on the indifference of her friends, Ella comes to a decision to take a stand opposed to the main privileged and well known children in class. together with her boyfriend, Jake. Ella believes miracles can take place within the unlikeliest areas, and that simply perhaps a whole group may well have a good time from the sidelines. yet will Holden's praying mom and the efforts of Ella and a forged of theater childrens be adequate to free up the legal that comprises Holden? This time, friendship, religion, and the facility of a music has to be robust sufficient to open the doorways to the miracle Holden wishes.
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Up, down, up, down. He breathed harder and harder, but now his breathing was the good kind. The drums were quieter now. Boom … boom … boom … Twenty-two push-ups, twenty-three, twenty-four … The drums stopped at twenty-eight push-ups. Twenty-eight. Four sevens. Fourteen twos. Holden popped back up, and the music returned to strings and winds. A couple girls walked by and laughed at him. Maybe they couldn’t hear the song. Holden grabbed his backpack and easily slung it over his shoulders. Trigonometry was at the other end of the hall and he needed to get there.
Church music. Music that told him the truth: no matter what, he was okay. Yes, Holden could hear the music. He just wasn’t sure anyone else could hear it. Because why would his cards be all across the floor if everyone else could hear the same song? Holden let the question slide. He collected his special cards and sorted through them until he was sure they were all there. All seventy-three. He looked at the friend helping him. He was saying something, but the words were lost in the music. Holden sorted through the cards again, searching.
What? ” He raised his hands like he was innocent. ” He took a step past her and gave the kid a little push. ” The kid stopped flapping his arms. He didn’t respond to Jake or act like he’d heard a word. Instead he stared at a spot in the sky just above their faces. Sam put his hands on his hips and glared at the guy. Sam was six-five and he towered over the special-needs kid. ” He looked back at Ryan and Jake. ” Ella tugged on Jake’s jersey sleeve. “Come on …” She whispered near his ear. “Please, Jake.