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Sunday, April 01, 2012

Anything But Typical by Nora Raleigh Baskin

Anything But TypicalJason is a very insightful boy who happens to have autism. He wants to become a writer. He has gotten positive responses about his writing where he posts at a story web site. He is now in Sixth Grade and he was first diagnosed with autism in Third Grade. Jason does not appreciate being labeled; he calls other people without autism "NT's" (neurotypicals). Jason really does try to listen and fit in everywhere. He is so perceptive that he recognizes the shortcomings and assets of his father as well as his mother.

Jason gets to attend the convention for Storyboard. Which parent will he chose to go with him to the convention? How will he cope with the long airplane ride to Texas? How will he act when he meets the person who has been sending him the e-mails? The author does such a good job with this realistic fiction that you can actually empathize with what Jason is going through. Do you think it would have been more realistic if Jason had a brother closer to his age? Do you think there might have been more conflict? This book has already won the Schneider Family Book Award. It is also a Rebecca Caudill Award 2013 nominee.

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