Review of Tell Them It Was Mozart , Manitoba Book Awards, April 22, 2017

Juries’ comments for the Eileen McTavish Sykes Award for best first book

This is a story of autism told through poetry, prose, elegant words, and unflinching realities. Schellenberg doesn’t sugarcoat the struggles of raising two children on the autism spectrum, but she tells this story with such deftness that you see the humour, the lightness and, ultimately, the love. What makes this book so wonderful is the unconventional storytelling method that draws the reader in while slowly unfolding the tale. Incredible first book.

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