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5 Young Adult Books that Feature Characters with Asperger Syndrome

  
By:  dorishall  •  Education  •  one week ago  •  7 comments

5 Young Adult Books that Feature Characters with Asperger Syndrome
Many people enjoy reading books that include characters to whom they can relate. It helps write my essay with connection between the fictional world and the reader. On the other side, it can be an enriching experience to read about characters who are vastly different. Giving your students a selection of books that feature characters with Asperger syndrome (AS) can help your students with AS feel more included, as well as help your other students understand their peers with AS.
1. "Tremendaspie - A delightful tale about a boy with Asperger's Syndrome" by Tracey Gottliebsen"Trueman Bradley: Aspie Detective" is a young adult mystery novel centered on the title character. Longing to be like his comic book heroes, Trueman sets out to New York City to become a private detective. With determination and brilliant math skills, Trueman is going to prove, not only to his friends and the police, but also to himself that a man with AS can be a great detective.
2. "Trueman Bradley: Aspie Detective" by Alexei Maxim Russell"Trueman Bradley: Aspie Detective" is a young adult mystery novel centered on the title character. Longing to be like his comic book heroes, Trueman sets out to New York City to become a private detective. With determination and brilliant math skills, Trueman is going to prove, not only to his friends and the police, but also to himself that a man with AS can be a great detective.
3. "Stim" by Kevin BerryTold in first person, "Stim" is a contemporary novel chronicling the experiences of Robert, a young man with AS. Robert is struggling to accept himself and understand others and has decided this year he will find a girlfriend. Robert's roommates, Chloe, who also has AS, and Stef, accompany him on his journey. "Stim" explores the awkward and sometimes funny moments Robert encounters on his quest.
4. "Mockingbird" by Kathryn ErskineCaitlin, a young girl with AS depends on her older brother, Devon to explain the things she cannot understand. When Devon dies, Caitlin is left to deal with her confusion on her own. "Mockingbird" is written from Caitlin's perspective as she tries to make sense of a world that she has always seen as black and white.
5. "The Half-Life of Planets" by Emily Franklin and Brendan Halpin"The Half-Life of Planets" is a young adult romance that tells the story of Lianna, an aspiring planetary scientist and kissing addict, and Hank, an intelligent, funny, and socially awkward boy with AS. The two authors alternate chapters, telling the story from both Lianna's and Hank's perspectives.
Adding books that feature characters with AS to your classroom library or recommending them to your students, can help your students better understand the world from the perspective of a teen with AS. These books also provide young people with AS the opportunity to read books with characters similar to themselves.

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1  TᵢG    one week ago

Note to Doris.   Always write an opening comment to get your article on the front page.   The front page only shows articles that have at least one comment.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
2  Buzz of the Orient    one week ago

Isn't Asperger's Syndrome more commonly known as Autism?  My being known on this site as a movie maven, there are three movies I know of wherein Autism plays a part:

Shine, a movie starring Geoffrey Rush about the pianist David Helfgott

Rain Man, starring Tom Cruise wherein Dustin Hoffman, an Autistic savant, plays his brother.

The Accountant, starring Ben Affleck as a man who is brilliant with numbers. 

Is there a reason you focused on Asperger's Syndrome?

 
 
 
sandy-2021492
2.1  sandy-2021492  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @2    6 days ago
Isn't Asperger's Syndrome more commonly known as Autism?

My understanding is that Aspergers' is at the high-functioning end of the autism spectrum.  So, yes, Asperger's is autism, but it's not the diagnosis for all who are autistic.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
2.1.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  sandy-2021492 @2.1    6 days ago

Thanks, Sandy.  I appreciate the clarification.  If you have seen the movies I mentioned, how would you classify the characters played by Rush, Hoffman and Affleck as to their respective ends of the autism spectrum.  

 
 
 
sandy-2021492
2.1.2  sandy-2021492  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @2.1.1    6 days ago

I can't help much, I'm afraid.  The only one I've seen is "Rain Man".  I personally know a young man with Asperger's (many refer to themselves as "Aspies") who is higher-functioning than Raymond, so I would assume that Raymond is somewhere in the middle of the spectrum.  The lower-functioning end of the spectrum includes individuals who are nonverbal.

 
 
 
sandy-2021492
2.1.3  sandy-2021492  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @2.1.1    6 days ago

If you can access it, there was a 2010 movie about Temple Grandin starring Claire Danes.  Grandin is a remarkable woman who used her autism to her advantage.  She is an animal behaviorist and autism spokesperson.  In addition to the movie, Grandin herself has given many interviews on camera, if you're able to find them.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
2.1.5  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  sandy-2021492 @2.1.3    5 days ago

The name of the movie is Temple Grandin, and I have now read the storyline - it was a TV movie but I doubt that they will show it here. I'm not able to choose movies, can just watch the ones that the seven 24/7 Cable TV foreign movie channels decide to show.