Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Top 5 books that will change your life for parents of children with special needs

List by Sonia

"Autism is cool. When *I* like something, I like it a whole lot more than my friends like their things."
- Anonymous

Our first October post is courtesy of Sonia, one of our teen librarians. Sonia writes: "I thought it might be good to have a Top 5 List for parents to read about other parents or siblings with special needs/Autism or Aspergers Syndrome. I have enjoyed these titles and I even shared one with my son called, "Rules," in an attempt to help him understand his brother and talk about some of the mannerisms that drive him to distraction at times!"

Thank you Sonia for this absolutely fantastic list :)

The curious incident of the dog in the night-time / Mark Haddon
A murder mystery like no other, this novel features Christopher Boone, a 15 year-old who suffers from Asperger's syndrome. When he finds a neighbour's dog murdered, he sets out on a terrifying journey destined to turn his whole world upside down. Winner Whitbread Book of the Year 2003. Winner Commonwealth Writers Prize Best First Book Award, 2004

Rules / Cynthia Lord
Frustrated at life with an autistic brother, twelve-year-old Catherine longs for a normal existence but her world is further complicated by a friendship with a young paraplegic. Schneider Family Book Award.

Marecelo in the real world / Francisco X. Stork
Marcelo Sandoval hears music no one else can hear--part of the autism-like impairment no doctor has been able to identify--and he's always attended a special school where his differences have been protected. But the summer after his junior year, his father demands that Marcelo work in his law firm's mailroom in order to experience "the real world." There Marcelo meets Jasmine, his beautiful and surprising coworker, and Wendell, the son of another partner in the firm. (cont'd) He learns about competition and jealousy, anger and desire. But it's a picture he finds in a file -- a picture of a girl with half a face -- that truly connects him with the real world: its suffering, its injustice, and what he can do to fight. Winner of the Schneider Family Teen Award, 2010. ALA Best Book for Young Adult 2010.

Daniel isn't talking / Marti Leimbach
Melanie Marsh is an American living in London married to Stephen, the perfect Englishman, who knew the minute he saw her that she was to be his future. But when their youngest child is diagnosed with autism their marriage starts to unravel at great speed. Stephen runs back into the arms of his previous girlfriend while Melanie does everything in her power to help her son and keep her family together. And then one day Melanie hears about a man named Andy O'Connor, who calls himself a "play therapist" and has a client list so long she can barely get him on the phone. Some say he's a maverick and a con artist of the first degree, but when he walks into the house and starts playing with her child, Melanie knows she's found the key to her son's success, and possibly to her own happiness.

A real boy : how autism shattered our lives - and made a family from the pieces / Christopher Stevens with Nicola Stevens
"This wonderfully honest book tells us a great deal, not only about autism, but also about the extraordinary tolerance and unselfishness that is borne out of unequivocal love. At the same time, it reveals some uncomfortable truths about the struggle it takes to access the rights of those with disabilities in our so-called civilized society." - Jane Asher, President of the National Autistic Society

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