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Anything But Typical by Nora Raleigh Baskin
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Baskin, Nora Raleigh. Anything But Typical. Scholastic. 2009. 195 pp. ISBN: 9780545296533. Genre: Realistic Fiction
Rating: 3.81 Stars. Jason, a 12 year old boy with autism, feels like he has found his first friend on an on-line blogging site and he can be himself.

Summary: Jason, feels like ‘normal’ when he is behind the computer writing his stories to his new friend, Pheonixbird (a girl). What will happen if they meet face to face and all she sees is his autism? Jason is faced with the daily struggles of being the typical 6th grader compacted with having autism. Will he be able to fit in and keep it together?

Main Characters: Jason Blake – 6th grade (12 years old) boy with autism
Phoenixbird (Rebecca) – 12 years old (on line friend of Jason’s).
Mr/Mrs. Blake – Jason’s parents.
Jeremy – Jason’s little brother.


Key Issues: friendship (boy/girl friendship), Autism (disabilities)

Other interesting information: Cybils Award Nominee for Middle Grade Fiction (2009), An ALA Notable Children's Book for Older Readers (2010), Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children's Book Award Nominee (2011), Schneider Family Book Award. This book is written in first person.
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