Books with Characters on the Autism Spectrum
Whether you have someone in your family or school who's on the spectrum or are just looking for a compelling read, these books deliver. Some focus on kids who are dealing with the challenges of having an autistic sibling. In others, the young person on the spectrum drives the action, fighting desperados in the Wild West, solving a mystery in London, or trying to win a basketball game in fifth grade. These novels not only tell riveting stories but also can help build empathy and understanding.
Just My Luck: Touching fourth-grade story of empathy and kindness. By Cammie McGovern (2016)
A Whole New Ballgame: Rip and Red, Book 1: Fun, gentle story about kids gaining confidence and empathy. By Phil Bildner (2015)
The London Eye Mystery: Gripping mystery told by kid with Asperger's. By Siobhan Dowd (2008)
Rain Reign: Poignant tale of autistic girl and her dog. By Ann M. Martin (2014)
Rules: Newbery honoree about life with an autistic sib. By Cynthia Lord (2007)
Anything But Typical: Realistic look inside the world of a tween with autism. By Nora Raleigh Baskin (2009)
Al Capone Does My Shirts: A Tale from Alcatraz, Book 1: Acclaimed book with mature themes is best for older kids. By Gennifer Choldenko (2005)
P.K. Pinkerton and the Deadly Desperados: P.K. Pinkerton, Book 1: Funny, violent Wild West saga of autistic kid vs. killers. By Caroline Lawrence (2012)
The Sound of Letting Go: Relatable novel in verse shows life with autistic brother. By Stasia Ward Kehoe (2014)
Marcelo in the Real World: Gorgeously moving story about autistic teen. By Francisco X. Stork (2009)
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Published: April 12, 2016