Fast Friends

A picture book by Heather M. O'Connor, illustrated by Claudia Dávila.

Heather M. O'Connor, illustrated by Claudia Dávila

Every child has a voice — if we take the time to listen.

In this appealing, energetic picture book, two kids with different challenges and strengths find they are just what the other needs to navigate classroom life.

Tyson does everything fast — so fast he often disrupts the class. His teacher is always saying, "Too fast, Tyson!" And often he ends up playing all alone.

Suze, the new girl, is nonverbal with special needs. Sometimes her classmates don't know what those needs are.

But Tyson understands. Taking the time to interpret her cues, Tyson forms a special friendship with Suze, and teaches his classmates what it means to listen and understand others.

Heather M. O'Connor is a writer, editor and author from Ontario. She is also the author of the middle-grade novel Betting Game.

Claudia Dávila is an illustrator from Toronto. She has illustrated the nonfiction books Child Soldier by Michel Chikwanine, Jessica Dee Humphreys, and Change It!, Move It! and Touch It!, all written by Adrienne Mason. She also wrote and illustrated the picture book Super Red Riding Hood.

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