Leah’s Voice by Lori DeMonia

18 Sep

leahsvoiceLeah’s Voice

by Lori DeMonia

Illustrated by Monique Turchan

28 pages – ages 5+

Published by Halo Publishing International  on October 6, 2012

Logan is excited to have her friend, Abby, over for a play-date but when Logan meets Abby’s sister (Leah), Abby wonders why Logan had to tell Leah to say “Hi.” Leah isn’t like other kids. Leah barely speaks and she acts differently. Abby doesn’t like the way that Leah acts and she gets mad and doesn’t want Leah around. After the play-date, Logan thinks about what Abby said but she loves her sister and she is really okay with the way Leah is. She’s okay with it, until their mother took them for their first trip to the movies and Leah ruins it by breaking down. Logan then learns that Leah has Autism.

This is a very nice story from the point of view of a  girl whose sister has autism. I like that it shows (sadly, in reality) how some kids react to people who act differently. The picture book is simple and the message can be understood by young kids. The book is based on two real-life sisters too!

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The illustrations are very nice and there is artwork from the real Leah put into the book! The book is a good way to help kids understand Autism.

Five out of five bookworms for Leah’s Voice! fivebooks

You can find more information about Leah’s Voice, get activities and find more about Autism and the kids who inspired this book at the book’s official website HERE!


Please hop over to Julie Rowan Zoch’s blog for an interview with me and the next stop on the  –


21 Responses to “Leah’s Voice by Lori DeMonia”

  1. Angela Brown September 18, 2013 at 7:42 am #

    Children with autism have a lot to deal with. It can be forgotten that their sisters and/or brothers have to deal with these issues as well. This sounds like a great book to bring awareness to autism as a family matter and how love is a binding strength. Nice review.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks September 20, 2013 at 4:47 pm #

      Thank you Ms. Brown! I thought this book was great because it is from the sister’s POV.


  2. ontheplumtree September 18, 2013 at 9:27 am #

    So important to bring the things that make kids different to the attention of others. It helps teach selflessness…a virtue I place great store by.


  3. julie rowan zoch September 18, 2013 at 12:34 pm #

    This sounds like a much needed book! What a super cute cover and matching photo! But…wait – which came first?


    • LDeMonia September 19, 2013 at 5:52 am #

      The cover illustration came first! Great question.


      • thiskidreviewsbooks September 20, 2013 at 4:51 pm #

        Thank you for taking the time to comment here Ms. DeMonia! Your book is great! 🙂


    • thiskidreviewsbooks September 20, 2013 at 4:48 pm #

      All the illustrations are nice Mrs. RoZo! 🙂 I do think the front and back covers are cute!


  4. Genevieve Petrillo September 18, 2013 at 1:41 pm #

    I am 2 paws up on this book. All kids need to be accepted and understood. We dogs know this. Some humans still struggle with it!

    Love and licks,


  5. Susanna Leonard Hill September 18, 2013 at 7:59 pm #

    Any book that helps kids be understanding about differences is a good and needed book. Thanks for sharing, Erik!


    • thiskidreviewsbooks September 20, 2013 at 4:50 pm #

      Thank you Ms. Hill. The story is not only great for its message but it is told very nicely too!


  6. KidLitReviews September 23, 2013 at 12:21 pm #

    Interesting book. A book about autism from the children’s perspective can be very empowering. The real Leah did the illustrations. What about the cover? The cover is nice, I like it. Autism is not an easy disorder for a sibling to deal with so I think this book can be helpful for them and others who may come in contact with someone with autism. Powerful book.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks September 23, 2013 at 9:09 pm #

      There is an illustrator – Monique Turchan listed on the book. I think she did most of the illustrations. There was just some artwork from the real Leah included in the book, which I think is a nice touch!


  7. readingwithrhythm September 25, 2013 at 10:39 am #

    I spend a lot of time with autistic individuals and their families. The families are the most incredible people you can find. This looks like a lovely book and I’ll have to check it out. I like that it showcases Leah’s talents. The illustrator of my book is autistic. He is a very talented young man!


  8. Stephanie@Fairday's Blog September 28, 2013 at 4:11 pm #

    My nephew is autistic and I try to read as many books as I can about autism and the spectrum. I have added this one to my list. It sounds like one I will be able to share with my 5th grade class. 🙂 Thanks!


    • thiskidreviewsbooks September 28, 2013 at 8:57 pm #

      I think your class would like this book, though the characters are about 5-7 years old! 🙂


  9. Myra GB September 30, 2013 at 1:53 am #

    This sounds like a touching book, Erik. We need more of these. 🙂



  1. Review! Love for Logan by Lori DeMonia | This Kid Reviews Books - December 23, 2015

    […] wrote another book about Leah before this one (see my review of “Leah’s Voice” HERE), and this one explains another common type of disorder – sensory processing disorder – […]


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