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Anything But Typical by Nora Raleigh Baskin

Anything But Typical (2009)

by Nora Raleigh Baskin

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This book was very difficult to put down. Baskin's brings her readers into the mind of an autistic boy in a wonderful way. I would definitely suggest this book to be read for a class or group reading project for the older students (5/6th grade). ( )
  SydnieM | Nov 7, 2016 |
Too sad, too much emphasis on Jason's challenges and not enough on his talents and accomplishments. I wonder if the author read memoirs like [b:Born on a Blue Day: Inside the Extraordinary Mind of an Autistic Savant|74812|Born on a Blue Day Inside the Extraordinary Mind of an Autistic Savant|Daniel Tammet|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1170864661s/74812.jpg|1461054] and [b:Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger's|454856|Look Me in the Eye My Life with Asperger's|John Elder Robison|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1294932746s/454856.jpg|2119898]. But then again, each person diagnosed with Asperger's or Autism is, first of all, a person - an individual, unique, with their own perspective, their own family, their own core personality traits - apart from their diagnosis.

And I have to say I had trouble with the mom. She's an awfully slow learner. But if Jason can forgive her then I guess I can too. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
Not really my cup of tea but I think helpful for kids to understand what it is like to be a lot different. Although the writing was crisp and I felt like I got to know the autistic boy Jason, the story really went nowhere for me. ( )
  ndpmcIntosh | Mar 21, 2016 |
Because I loved Francisco Stork’s "Marcelo in the Real World," I was really eager to get my hands on this book. Marcelo’s story was beautiful. It's the tale of a high-functioning autistic young man trying to find his place in the world. His insights and perspective were truly unique and a pleasure to read. In contrast, Jason seemed to be an over-indulged brat whose permissive parents had all but ruined him. I pitied him, but spent most of the book wanting to vigorously shake his parents and shout, "Wake up and put your feet down! Don't put up with this nonsense! Not in Jason or Jeremy!" Dennis Leary's right, this book is a great example of "Why We Suck." ( )
  EmilyRokicki | Feb 26, 2016 |
Narrated by Tom Parks. I think I need to read the print edition. The audio ended so abruptly for me. But for young readers not familiar with autism, this book will help them see some of the issues and challenges that people with autism face daily. (Sensory overload, not recognizing faces, adherence to a routine, etc.)

Jason knows he's different from other kids at school and he knows that no matter what his parents say, his life will not have the big future they want so much for him. His refuge is his writing and the Storyboard website where he posts his stories. There he meets Rebecca and as his hopes soar for a new friend (maybe girlfriend?), he also dreads what she will think about him, especially when it turns out they are both attending the Storyboard conference.

9/19/09 Read the print version. The ending is still abrupt for me but to visually see the breaks in text and the homophonic words Jason switches between made the story more cohesive than in the audio version. ( )
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
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Nora Raleigh Baskinprimary authorall editionscalculated
Bromley, LizzyCover and book designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hancock, James GulliverCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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Curriculum Connection:  AASL Std. 4 Pursue personal and aesthetic growth.

4.1.3 Respond to literature and creative expressions of ideas in various formats and genres.

Personal Connection:  to help students understand how autistic children think and react.
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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.

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