Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Anything but Typical by Nora Raleigh Baskin

Anything But Typical Anything But Typical by Nora Raleigh Baskin

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
12-year-old Jason isn’t like everyone else: he is autistic.  Jason tells his story using first-person narration so the reader gets to see the world through his eyes.  Other kids (and even some adults) think he is weird because he has trouble keeping still and doesn’t often talk.

Jason shares his experiences at home, school, and also about when he was little.  The highlight of his days is going online to a Storyboard site to post the stories he writes.  He becomes friends with a girl named Rebecca who comments on his stories; he figures that he and Rebecca easily become friends because she doesn’t know him in real life.  When a Storyboard convention is held, he is worried that Rebecca will find out who he is and not want to be friends anymore.

This is a very touching story.  The readers learn about what goes on in Jason’s head—how he views his environment and how others view him.  Jason is a likable character and the reader’s heart will feel for both his difficulties and his joys.  Other books that deal with autism include The Boy who Ate Stars (Kochka) and Rules (Lord).

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