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The Thud is an exceptional story about Noel, a young boy with developmental disabilities whose life is turned upside down after his mother suffers an accident that leaves her in a coma. At times gut-wrenching and other times funny, it is an empathetic story about the residents of Neuerkerode, an inclusive village in Germany mostly inhabited and operated by people with disabilities. It is as much a story about overcoming the seemingly impossible as it is one about coming of age. It is expressive but never exploitative. The Thud is not only a positive story celebrating differences it is also very aesthetically pleasing. The style and colours Mikaël Ross uses carry the story’s somewhat somber topic and balances it with bright tones, as vibrant as the personalities of the characters in this book. Aimed at a young adult audience, The Thud is a story everyone can enjoy and take something from.