Maeve Visser Knoth: Books relating to Asperger's and Autism

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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Books relating to Asperger's and Autism

There has been a recent spate of books in which a central character has either Asperger's Syndrome or autism.
Try the following novels for rare and often beautifully written insight into the minds of these children and young adults.
London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd
Anything But Typical by Nora Raleigh Baskin
Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko
Are You Alone on Purpose? by Nancy Werlin (young adult)
Boy Who Ate Stars by Kochka
Clay by Colby Rodowsky
Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night by Mark Haddon (young adult)
Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco Stork (young adult)
Rules by Cynthia Lord
A Wizard Alone by Diane Duane
The Very Ordered Existence of Merilee Marvelous by Suzanne Crowley

I have really enjoyed getting into the heads of these characters- some have Asperger's but others experience Asperger's from the outside as a sibling or close friend. All the books leave me with a better understanding and much more empathy for those living with this ever-more-prevalent disorder.


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