Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Autism Awareness Month

It's Autism Awareness Month. From the Autism Society's website, this is "a special opportunity for everyone to educate the public about autism and issues within the autism community." In honor of that, here are some books about people who have autism or are on the spectrum.


The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon. When investigating who murdered his neighbor's poodle, Christopher stumbles upon a bigger mystery at home. Originally published for adults, this could just have easily been published for teens and has very high teen appeal.

The White Bicycle by Beverley Brenna. Taylor Jane is in France, working as a personal care assistant for her mother's boyfriend's son. While in France, she makes plans and attempts to prove her independence to her mother. While this book stands alone it is the third in a trilogy. After reading it, you'll want to go back and read the previous volumes, Wild Orchid, and Waiting For No One.

Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine. Caitlin and her father are still reeling from her brother's murder in a school shooting. Devon was the one who was patient with her, who explained everything, and no he's gone. When Caitlin learns about "closure" she attempts to find it.


Marcelo In The Real World by Francisco X. Stork. Marcelo's father is determined that Marcelo learns how to function in "the real world." To this end, Marcelo is forced to work in the mail room of his father's law firm over the summer, where he learns some harsh realities about "the real world."

Temple Grandin: How the Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World by Sy Montgomery and Temple Grandin. This inspiring biography details how Grandin is able to use her autism to her advantage. She has long been interested and obsessed with cows and has turned this passion into revolutionizing the livestock industry to make it much more humane. Older readers may want to turn straight to Grandin's books such as The Way I See It.

The London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd. Ted saw his cousin Salim get on the London Eye. His sister Kat did, too. But Salim never got off the attraction. With the official investigation going no where, Ted enlists the help of Kat and they start looking into the disappearance on their own.


The Half-life of Planets by Emily Franklin and Brendan Halpin. A sweet love story told in alternating chapters and voices, Lianna is spending the summer in the lab, not thinking at all about boys since someone called her a slut. Hank is spending the summer working at the record store, using his encyclopedic knowledge of music to help him earn enough money to buy the guitar he has his eye on.

Colin Fischer by Ashley Edward Miller and Zack Stentz. When a gun goes off in the cafeteria, the school bully is quickly accused and punished. Although he's one of Wayne's biggest victims, Colin favors truth over revenge.

Mindblind by Jennifer Roy. Nathaniel knows that being a genius is more than a high IQ score. He once read that a real genius uses his gifts to change the world. He has the IQ, now he just needs a plan to change the world. And maybe kiss his crush.

What books do you recommend that have someone on the spectrum as a main character?

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