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Anything But Typical by Nora Raleigh Baskin
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Dec 12, 10

bookshelves: middle-grade, listened-on-audio
Read on December 11, 2010

Another book in the increasingly popular collection of books told by a narrator on the Autism spectrum (think Curious Incident, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Marcelo in the Real World, to name a few). This one is told from the point of view of Jason, a middle school boy trying to make his way through a full inclusion schedule at school. His struggle to fit in is exacerbated by his tendency to lose control of his body and start flapping or rocking, things that his peers don't understand. He also doesn't respond to people unless he has something to say, which often results in people repeating themselves louder. He finds relief in a writer's website where he can publish his stories and communicate with other writers about their stories. Interesting look into the autistic mind, but still a pretty slow plot.
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