As a part of autism awareness month, it’s important to acknowledge books that pave the way for the inclusion of autistic characters. As luck would have it, there are several books you can find with pretty accurate portrayals of autistic people. Here, I’ll list a few for you to check out, and, to sweeten the deal, one author has offered to give away a signed copy of one of her books. So, in no particular order, I will give you 5 books you can find an autistic character in.
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5 Great Books with Autistic Characters
- One of my favorite books, House Rules by Jodi Piccoult, has a character named Jacob who has Asperger’s Syndrome. Not only does the book depict perfectly what it’s like to raise an autistic child, but it has a great storyline. Jacob, the autistic character in the book, winds up being the suspect in a murder trial. He knew the girl well, and he had a lot of interest in forensic science. Did he do it? I guess you’ll have to find out!
- If you haven’t read The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, you are missing out on a great read! This book has recently been adapted into a play shown on Broadway, and for good reason. The story is told from the point of view of the autistic character Christopher John Francis Boone, who decides to give his book chapters all prime numbers instead of numbering them cardinally while telling the story of how launches an investigation into who killed his neighbor’s dog. As far as autistic characters go, this one is spot on! Check it out!
- Did you ever wonder what it’s like to live in the mind of a nonverbal autistic person? Sharon Draper’s book, Out of My Mind, details the story of a character who cannot speak or write but has a brilliant mind. Although the people around her think she has a mental disability, she knows much more than they think she does.
- Living with an autistic brother poses some challenges, and in Rules by Cynthia Lord, 12-year-old Catherine works really hard to head off embarrassing moments with her brother by teaching him rules like “keep your pants on in public.” When she meets some new friends and engages in behavior that shocks herself, she begins to question what’s “normal.”
- Last, but not least, there’s The Coven by Chrissy Lessey, in which the main character, Stevie, is a new witch learning how to use her powers. To complicate matters, she has an autistic son, Charlie, who she must keep safe while trying to fight against Vanessa’s attacks on her coven. To read more about the book, you can check out a full review here. Chrissy, a dear friend of mine, has offered to give away a signed copy of her first book, The Coven, to my readers. To learn more about Chrissy, check out this interview.
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Originally posted 2016-04-03 08:54:07.