The Way I Say It
Sixth-grader Rory still can’t say his r’s. He’s always gone to speech therapy at his elementary school, and now he has to continue in middle school. But that’s just the beginning of Rory’s troubles.
Rory’s ex-best-friend, Brent, now hangs out with the mean lacrosse kids who make fun of Rory. And Rory’s mom doesn’t understand why he and Brent aren’t friends anymore.
Rory and his friends are finding their way in middle school, and he and his new speech teacher discover that they share a love of hard rock and boxing legend Muhammad Ali. Things are looking up.
But then Brent is in a terrible accident and suffers a brain injury. After winter break, Brent returns. He’s not the same, and everything is difficult for him. Should Rory stand up for his old friend—even though Brent never did that for him?
Publication Date: January 18, 2022
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Nancy Tandon is a former teacher, speech-language pathologist (SLP), and adjunct professor of phonetics and child language development. As an SLP, she worked with many clients who had difficulty pronouncing sounds specific to their names, as well as people recovering from brain injury. Nancy lives in Connecticut with her husband and two children. The Way I Say It is her first novel.
Tags: Middle Grade Contemporary