Scholastic pairs 11-year-old author with Rebecca Westcott for autism title

Scholastic pairs 11-year-old author with Rebecca Westcott for autism title

Scholastic has acquired Can You See Me? by 11-year-old Libby Scott and Rebecca Westcott, a novel inspired by Libby’s own experience with autism.

Written for 9+ readers, Can You See Me? introduces 11-year-old Tally, who sees and hears everything, even though people think she doesn’t because she is autistic. Scholastic described the book as being “endearing, insightful and warmly uplifting” and said it will touch readers of all ages.

Publisher Samantha Smith and commissioning editor Fiz Osborne acquired world rights from Julia Churchill at AM Heath Literary, who represents both Scott and Westcott.

Osborne said: “The collaboration between Libby and Rebecca has felt like a special one from the very beginning, and that transferred straight onto the page in a really exciting way. We are so proud to publish this exceptional book.”

Can You See Me? will be published in May 2019.