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At the same time Lauren makes a dramatic discovery. Long ago, her parents and Holden's parents were good friends, and she and Holden played together until his diagnosis of autism, at which time Lauren's mother distanced herself from the friendship. Now Lauren's mom and her MLB baseball player father are trapped in an unhappy marriage and a life that is shallow and meaningless. Not until a tragedy takes place at the high school does Lauren take a public stand against the way the more popular privileged kids treat those who are different.
At the same time, Lauren continues to be a friend to Holden and in time their mothers realize that something special is happening. Hurts from the past are dealt with and all around Holden miracles begin to happen in various relationships. The greatest miracle is the change in Holden, himself, and everyone is stunned by the transformation they witness. Ultimately, the community comes to understand that many people walk around in a personal prison and that only by love and faith can the doors become unlocked, the way they dramatically do for Holden Harris.
Number of Pages: 304
Publication Date: 2010
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
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barbNY5 Stars Out Of 5Very InterestingMarch 14, 2016barbNYQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I learned a lot about autism in this book, but also realized it truly would take a miracle to accomplish what happened in the story. It could be dangerous for Kingsbury to suggest that vaccinations are a possible cause of autism. While it has been suggested as a possibility, many may react to it by withholding shots for their children with possible fatal results. Millions of children avoid serious diseases by being vaccinated and do not become autistic! I did enjoy the book, however, and would recommend it as food for thought.
sandyTexasAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Unlocked: A Love StoryFebruary 29, 2016sandyTexasAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I highly recommend this book. It was very enlightening for me to read about autism. The current cover is a new one and it looks more like a book that teens would like; however, it is for granny's, too! You won't regret reading Unlocked, and then you'll want to pass your copy around for others to read.
Jennifer GilchristnjAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5wonderful bookJanuary 8, 2016Jennifer GilchristnjAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I loved this book so much that after reading it, i gave it to an unsaved friend of mine to read. She liked it so much that she is now reading more Karen Kingsbury!
musicmomZoar, OHAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Very insightfulDecember 29, 2015musicmomZoar, OHAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I work as an Intervention Specialist with students who have multiple disabilities, including autism. So many times, these individuals are judged by their seemingly irrational or random behaviors. This book, although fictional, offers a glimpse into the possible thought processes of an individual with autism. People with autism often perceive, process and react differently than others, but that is not to say that there are not valid rationales behind their actions and reactions. Indeed, as illustrated in the story, they may be intelligent, talented, and have unique strengths and abilities to offer, if only provided with patience, understanding and appropriate supports.
Having a child with autism often does precipitate relationship difficulties within marriages, families, and in social circles, as reflected in the relationships of the Holden's, their families and friends. The emotional and spiritual elements interwoven in the story also demonstrate the power of prayer, faith, and perseverance.
I enjoy Karen Kingsbury's books, and "Unlocked" is no exception.
ginger1 Stars Out Of 5Vaccination PropagandaMarch 6, 2015gingerQuality: 1Value: 1Meets Expectations: 1I was completely turned off and didn't even read further once I realized this book advocated the misleading premise that vaccinating can lead to autism (the evidence just doesn't support this yet, while evidence does support the incredible benefits of vaccinating). If I had done my research more carefully, I never would have purchased this book. That theme just totally turned me off. How it developed past the very beginning, I can't say, as I felt like I was reading a propaganda piece right from the very beginning, and in literature, that is a BIG turn off to me. Kingsbury is a great author, otherwise, and I have enjoyed her other works.
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