Anything But Typical by Nora Raleigh Baskin

anything-but-typical__sl160_Summary:  Jason, a twelve-year-old autistic boy who wants to become a writer, relates what his life is like as he tries to make sense of his world.

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

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8 Responses

  1. I loved the main character in this book, Jason, and his unique point of view and his observations about the world around him. This book is the antidote for people who are tired of books about kids that discover they have super powers and have to save the world – instead Jason has limitations but learns how to capitalize on his strengths anyway. The ending is realistic, but also satisfying, too.

  2. I enjoyed this one though probably wouldn’t choose it to win the Newbery. The chief strength in this novel is Jason’s “voice” is very clear. It seems to be a realistic depiction of a young man who has a high level of functio on the autistim spectrum.

  3. I agree with Ms. Lisa. I too loved the point of view of this story. Seeing things through the eyes of an autistic child really opened my eyes to what kids with autism think and how they get treated by others. Also, I agree with Susan. I do not think this book will win the Newbery Award, but I would recommened it to others.

  4. I really didn’t like this book. I like adventure and suspense. This was not it. I liked that it was from the view of an autistic child, but it just really wasn’t fun. I This is definitly not a Newbery winner.

  5. This is the ONLY book I’ve read that is told in first person of an autistic boy. The description in it makes me wonder if any of it is personal experience, real, or fake? It’s that seamless.

  6. This was an amazing book! The author created an entire world that existed in the main characters’ head. I could understand and sympathize despite my different view of the world, and I still remember the book clearly many months after I read it. The ending, and the entire story, was realistic and believable. It was one of my favorites!

  7. I have not quite seen a writing style like this before, but I believe that it is interesting and unique.

  8. The book is an interpretation of the life of an autistic boy, and it is very deep and touching. The writing is serious and distinguished.

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