The Thursday Surprise by Ryan Ennis
At Parker Elementary, this is no ordinary school years for Katie. Fourth grade brings many changes, and she is not too sure about them. Knowing little about special needs, Katie feels uncomfortable when she is picked to be a helper in Mr. Appleton's class. On the first day she tries reading stories with Micheal-a student with autism-she discovers she is in store for quite a challenge. As Katie searches for ways to reach him, she comes to new understandings of what autism and friendship mean.