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Maya Plays the Part

Interest Age: 8–12
Grade: 3–6
Reading Level: Common Core Correlations
CCSS.ELA-Literacy Strand-Reading literature: RL.5.1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9

Reading Level: Lexile 730L
Hardcover : 9781773218502, 224 pages, March 2024 , 8.0" x 5.5"
Paperback : 9781773218519, 224 pages, March 2024 , 8.0" x 5.5"
Ebook (EPUB) : 9781773218526, 224 pages, March 2024 Audiobook : 9781773218540, June 2024


A Children’s Book Book Council Spotlight selection!

A heartwarming middle-grade debut with autism representation and a musical flair.

Maya lives and breathes musicals. When her chance to finally be a part of
the summer musical program at the community theater comes up, Maya is
convinced she will get the lead. After all, who knows The Drowsy Chaperone better
than she does? However, things don’t turn out exactly the way Maya’s
planned, and the summer turns out to be jam-packed with problems:
dealing with her best friend’s move, her parents’ busy jobs, and—since
her autism diagnosis—the ongoing puzzle of how to be Maya in Public. But
perhaps most important of all, Maya has to figure out how to play the
part that truly feels like her own.


  • Nominated, IBBY Outstanding Books for Young People with Disabilities 2025


"A winning and insightful portrait of a girl with big dreams. Maya Plays the Part deserves a standing ovation."

- Cary Fagan, award-winning author of Hans Christian Andersen Lives Next Door

“A wonderful book . . . authentic autism representation shines on every page.”

- A. J. Sass, Sydney Taylor Honor award-winning author of Ellen Outside the Lines

“Maya, like all of us, is messy. She can be overconfident, inflexible, and unfair to her friends. But she’s also passionate, hardworking, and struggling to cope in a world not built for her. . . . A highly recommended read, for autistic and allistic readers alike.”

- Meg Eden Kuyatt, author of Good Different

“A charming and relatable middle grade story. . . . This former drama kid and autistic girl loved it!”

- Jackie Khalilieh, author of Something More

“We inhabit Maya Robertson’s body, mind, and soul as she treads and trips over friendships, theater camp, and ‘how to be’ in the world. This is a heart-pounding and honest peek into a world we all need to know more about. Go Maya go!”

- Teresa Toten, author of The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B

“An in-depth and loving portrayal of the elation, heartbreak, and offstage drama that comes with community theater. A must-read for theater kids.”

- Vikki VanSickle, author of P.S. Tell No One

“Utilizing an empathetic narrator who’s easy to root for, debut author Erb, who is also autistic, crafts a personal and vulnerable story about one neurodivergent child’s experience in discovering how to be herself as she learns to set boundaries and communicate with others.”

- Publishers Weekly, *starred review, 12/14/23

 “A relatable middle grade read with authentic autism representation and important lessons for readers everywhere.”

- School Library Journal, 02/24

“A celebratory story of acceptance and creative expression.”

- Kirkus Reviews, 02/17/2024