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Thinking in Pictures by
Call Number: RC553.A88 G74 1995
Publication Date: 1995-10-01
This is Temple Grandin's story of what it is like to live with autism. She is a renowned livestock scientist and an advocate for embracing her autistic ways of thinking as a gift instead of a hindrance.
Songs of the Gorilla Nation by
Call Number: 616.858820092 P935s
Publication Date: 2004-03-09
Living with undiagnosed autism, Prince-Hughes struggled with homelessness and addiction. After a trip to the zoo and an experience with the gorillas, Prince Hughes realized her love for the animal. Her decision to make a career out of studying and working with gorillas ends up helping her understand her life with autism.
Call Number: 616.85882 Si56a
Publication Date: 2010-06-15
Girls with Asperger's Syndrome are less likely to be diagnosed than boys and by the time they are diagnosed help is not as available. Many believe that this is due to the fact that girls are pressured to be more social and, as a result, spend more time attempting to pass as neurotypical. Simone discusses her experiences as a girl with Asperger's and the loneliness and challenges that come with the disorder.
The Reason I Jump by
Call Number: 616.85 H533JEy
Publication Date: 2013-08-27
This memoir is written by 13-year-old Naoki Higashida, who has autism and is non-verbal. Higashida helps us to understand how the autistic mind is complex and nuanced by taking us through his experience with autism and his life in general.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by
Call Number: Online Resource
Publication Date: 2013-01-01
Haddon's award winning novel tells the story of 15 year old Christopher who is trying to solve the mystery of a dead neighborhood dog. Christopher's autism helps him excel in math, but he has a hard time with everyday life.
The Speed of Dark by
Call Number: 813 M7782sp 2005
Publication Date: 2005-06-28
Moon tells the story of an autistic man who is offered the chance to be cured by science. Lou must make the decision to continue to be himself, or completely change the way he thinks.
Children's and Middle Grade Literature
Anything but Typical by
Call Number: S. B292an
Publication Date: 2009-03-24
Jason doesn't fit in in his school, but finds an online community called Storyboard where he can express himself. His participation and relationships in the Storyboard community helps him gain self-worth and discover his identity.
Call Number: S. Er85m
Publication Date: 2010-04-15
Ten-year-old Caitlyn has Asperger's syndrome. She grapples with the trauma of her mother dying from cancer and her older brother being killed in a school shooting. She struggles to understand emotions and make friends at school, while at home she seeks closure by working on a project with her father.