'Neither of us is exactly living the dream. But we're living something and that's more than either of us expected this year.'
In A Step Toward Falling, Cammie McGovern tells a poignant, compelling story of not judging people on appearances and knowing how to fix the things you've broken.
Emily has always been the kind of girl who tries to do the right thing - until one night when she does the worst thing possible. She sees Belinda, a classmate with developmental disabilities, being attacked. Inexplicably, she does nothing at all.
Belinda, however, manages to save herself. When their high school finds out what happened, Emily and Lucas, a football player who was also there that night, are required to perform community service at a centre for disabled people. Soon, Lucas and Emily begin to feel like maybe they're starting to make a real difference. Like they would be able to do the right thing if they could do that night all over again. But can they do anything that will actually help the one person they hurt the most?
Cammie McGovern is the author of Amy & Matthew: A Love Story (US title: Say What You Will), as well as the adult novels Neighborhood Watch, Eye Contact and The Art of Seeing. She is one of the founders of Whole Children, a resource centre that runs after-school classes and programmes for children with special needs. She currently lives in the US with her husband and three sons, the oldest of whom is autistic. Cammie's sister is Elizabeth McGovern, one of the stars of Downton Abbey.