A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
A very sensitive look at an autistic 12-year-old. Also shows what a positive impact writing and self-expression can have for anyone.
Positive Role Models
School kids tease Jason and people treat him as if he doesn't understand things as well as he does. Still, there are some great examples of family love and friendship.
Violence & Scariness
A boy pushes another.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A boy likes a girl; a typical tween crush.
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Name-calling, like "weird," "freak," "stupid."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this book deals with a child on the autism spectrum and how he affects others around him. There are some emotional situations, as well.
Is It Any Good?
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.
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