Can I tell you how obsessed I am with books about Autism Spectrum Disorders? I’m obsessed. Actually, I think I told you that when I reviewed Colin Fischer. First of all, did you know there’s a debate about how to even phrase the sentence describing people with these disorders? Should you say a boy with autism or an autistic boy? If you say both with autism you’re giving them the disorder as a personal trait and something that they just have, not something they can push through. Like saying the boy with brown hair. He has brown hair. The end. Autism is on a spectrum so saying it as a matter of fact, the boy with autism is implying he either has it or he doesn’t, there is no in between or surpassing the trait. BUT, if you say autistic boy you are labeling him as autistic. He is autistic first, and then a boy. It’s like saying, the Jewish boy or the Caucasian boy. It is an ingrained trait and the first thing you hear being described about them. Okay anyway. Apparently other people find it fascinating also because there is a whole list of the Top 10 Books featuring Autism Spectrum Disorders at Nerdy Book Club.
1. Anything But Typical by Nora Raleigh Baskin
2. Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko
3. The London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd
4. Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine
5. Rules by Cynthia Lord
6. Clay by Colby Rodowsky
7. Freaks, Geeks & Asperger’s Syndrome: A User’s Guide to Adolescence by Luke Jackson
8. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon
9. Episodes: Scenes from Life, Love, and Autism by Blaze Ginsberg
10. Thinking in Pictures: and Other Reports from My Life with Autism by Temple Grandin
I have read none of them, so I better get on it & encourage my obsession!