Parker (A Challenge for Brittany)

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It's important to remember that he is a special child of our Heavenly Father. Our Heavenly Father loves him very much, just like He loves all His children.
— The bishop talking about Parker
Parker (on the far left)
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Appears in A Challenge for Brittany
Year 1999

Parker is a major character in the Christian middle grade novel A Challenge for Brittany by Lisa J. Peck.

Character creation

The foreword thanks Jennifer M. Jones and Dawn Schmit for their help with regards to the topic of autism.


The story takes place in the context of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Mormon Church). The titular Brittany, along with her younger sister Christine and best friend Meagan, are issued a special calling by the bishop (who is also Brittany's father). Parker, an autistic boy, has moved into the ward and the bishop wants the girls to welcome and befriend him.


Parker is an 11-year-old boy. He has long, curly blond hair and big, deep blue eyes. Brittany describes him as being "cute".


Parker is stated to be autistic in the first chapter. He speaks in single words, often echolalic in nature. He is preoccupied with Brittany's braids; he tugs on them and puts them in his mouth, which causes tension between him and Brittany.


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