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Anything But Typical

By Terreece Clarke, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Realistic look inside the world of a tween with autism.

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age 8+
Wow! Autism is not a subject many like to talk about. Anything But Typical is a wonderful book about a 12-year old Autistic boy named Jason. He is most comfortable at his computer, writing fantasy stories and posting them to a blog devoted to amateur writers of the genre. It is a compassionate look inside Jason's thoughts and dreams. I love the honesty with which the book is written.

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Author Nora Baskin tries to bring readers into the world of a child oon the autism spectrum, and it's a heartbreaking, moving, and loving look. Jason struggles to use "our language" to describe the world around him and how he fits into it. He describes knowing how others feel about him even though they think he doesn't understand -- his mother taking his baby brother with her everywhere because she's afraid he might hurt him, his grandmother speaking slowly and loudly to him as if he can't hear, kids making fun of him, his anxiety about meeting a friend who doesn't know about his condition.

The words can sometimes come in a jumble, but the words are Jason's way of trying to connect his life to the lives of "normal" people. Some of the true gems of this book are Jason's stories that he posts online that parallel his life in ways he may not understand, but the readers will. Both kids and parents will love this wonderful, eye-opening, and sensitive story.

Book Details

  • Author: Nora Raleigh Baskin
  • Genre: Emotions
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • Publication date: March 9, 2009
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 9 - 12
  • Number of pages: 208
  • Available on: Paperback, Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, Kindle
  • Last updated: December 4, 2019

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