April 2nd is World Autism Day!

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Benji, the bad day, and me

Benji, the bad day, and me

Pla, Sally J., author.
2018

Sammy is having a very bad day at school and at home until his autistic brother, Benji, finds a way to make him feel better.

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The boys in the back row

The boys in the back row

Jung, Mike, author
2020

Best friends Matt and Eric are hatching a plan for one big final adventure together before Eric moves away: during the marching band competition at a Giant Amusement Park, they will sneak away to a nearby comics convention and meet their idol--a famous comic creator. Without cell phones. Or transportation. Or permission. Of course, their final adventure together is more than just that--really, it's a way for the boys to celebrate their friendship, and their honest love and support for one another. That's exactly what we love so much about The Boys in the Back Row: it's an unabashed ode to male friendship, because love between boys, platonic or otherwise, is something to celebrate. And of course, because this is Mike Jung, we'll be celebrating it with hilariously flawed hijinks and geekiness galore!

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The Brightsiders

The Brightsiders

Wilde, Jen, author.
2019


Can you see me?

Can you see me?

Scott, Libby, author
2020

Eleven-year-old Tally is starting sixth grade at Kingswood Academy and she really wants to fit in, which means somehow hiding her autism, hypersensitivity to touch, and true self, and trying to act "normal" like her former best friend, Layla, who is distancing herself from Tally and her fourteen-year-old sister, Nell, who is always angry with Tally for being different; but as she records her thoughts and anxieties in her coping diary, Tally begins to wonder--what is "normal" anyway?

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Even if we break

Even if we break

Nijkamp, Marieke, author
2020

Friends Finn, Liva, Maddy, Carter, and Ever begin a farewell round of the game they have played for three years, but each is hiding secrets and the game itself seems to turn against them.

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Forever Neverland

Forever Neverland

Adrian, Susan, author.
2019


Funny, you don't look autistic : a comedian's guide to life on the spectrum

Funny, you don't look autistic : a comedian's guide to life on the spectrum

McCreary, Michael, author
2019

Like many others on the autism spectrum, 20-something stand-up comic Michael McCreary has been told by more than a few well-meaning folks that he doesn't "look" autistic. But, as he's quick to point out in this memoir, autism "looks" different for just about everyone with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Diagnosed with ASD at age five, McCreary got hit with the performance bug not much later. During a difficult time in junior high, he started journaling, eventually turning his pain e into something empowering-and funny. He scored his first stand-up gig at age 14, and hasn't looked back. This unique and hilarious #OwnVoices memoir breaks down what it's like to live with autism for readers on and off the spectrum. Candid scenes from McCreary's life are broken up with funny visuals and factual asides. Funny, You Don't Look Autistic is an invaluable and compelling read for young readers with ASD looking for voices to relate to, as well as for readers hoping to broaden their understanding of ASD.

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Get a grip, Vivy Cohen!

Get a grip, Vivy Cohen!

Kapit, Sarah, author.
2020

Eleven-year-old knuckleball pitcher Vivy Cohen, who has autism, becomes pen pals with her favorite Major League baseball player after writing a letter to him as an assignment for her social skills class.

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A girl like her

A girl like her

Hibbert, Talia, author
2018

Everyone has secrets. He wants all of hers. Meet the man next door ... After years of military service, Evan Miller wants a quiet life. The small town of Ravenswood seems perfect--until he stumbles upon a vicious web of lies with his new neighbour at its centre. Ruth Kabbah is rude, awkward, and--according to everyone in town--bad news. Thing is, no-one will tell Evan why. Does she perform ritual sacrifices? Howl at the moon? Pour the milk before the tea? He has no clue. But he desperately wants to find out. Because Ruth doesn't seem evil to him; she seems lonely. And funny, and clumsy, and secretly quite sweet, and really ... beautiful ... The more Evan's isolated, eccentric neighbour pushes him away, the more he wants her. Her--and all her secrets. Because there's no way a girl like Ruth truly deserves the town's scorn ... Is there?

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I overcame my autism and all I got was this lousy anxiety disorder : a memoir

I overcame my autism and all I got was this lousy anxiety disorder : a memoir

Kurchak, Sarah, 1982- author
2020

Sarah Kurchak realized early that she was somehow different from her peers. By the time she was finally diagnosed with autism at twenty-seven, she struggled with depression and anxiety. Tackling everything from autism parenting culture to love, sex, alcohol, and obsessions, this enlightening memoir challenges stereotypes and preconceptions about autism and considers what might really make the lives of autistic people healthier, happier, and more fulfilling.

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The kiss quotient

The kiss quotient

Hoang, Helen, author
2018

A thirty-year-old woman with Asperger's makes sense of her life using math, but one thing she can't handle is dating and the intimacy she feels it requires. Her conclusion: she needs lots of practice--with a professional. She hires the perfect male escort who teaches her that love is the best kind of logic.

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The many mysteries of the Finkel family

The many mysteries of the Finkel family

Kapit, Sarah, author.
2021

"Two sisters start a detective agency and solve a series of everyday mysteries about themselves and their family."-- Provided by publisher.

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Misfit : autistic, gay, immigrant, changemaker : a memoir

Misfit : autistic, gay, immigrant, changemaker : a memoir

Souvaliotis, Andreas, 1963- author
2018

An inspiring memoir by one of Canada's most unusual, successful and socially conscious businesspeople. Was he gifted or a hopeless misfit? That was the defining dilemma of Andreas Souvaliotis's childhood, adolescence and young life. Andreas grew up in Greece and then Toronto at a time when being on the autism spectrum wasn't easily diagnosed or even discussed. Minds like his were simply considered odd. The polite and friendly would focus their attention and their remarks on his extraordinary ability with numbers and his talent at the piano. But he was left in no doubt about the main impression he made on others. He was different, quirky, a social and emotional outcast. It was nothing short of a disability. Being the gay son of a homophoboic father presented difficuties too. Misfit is the by turns hilarious, weird, tender but always engaging memoir of an outsider who has gone on to enjoy a string of triumphs. The musical prodigy who might have become a great concert pianist surprises everyone first by becoming something of an export marketing guru in Canada's tech industry. And then: "It all happened in a flash. On a beautiful spring morning in 2007, sitting in my backyard and licking my wounds from a spectacular career derailment, I came up with a big idea--and I found myself contemplating the most daring and unconventional pursuit of my life." The weird kid from Greece was on his way to making his world, and everyone's world, a better place.

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On the edge of gone

On the edge of gone

Duyvis, Corinne, author
2016


Queens of geek

Queens of geek

Wilde, Jen, author
2017



The state of Grace

The state of Grace

Lucas, Rachael, author
2018

Sixteen-year-old Grace has Asperger's, a horse, and a best friend who understands her, which is pretty much all she needs, but when she kisses Gabe and things start to change at home, suddenly everything threatens to fall apart, and it is up to Grace to fix it on her own.

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Unbroken : 13 stories starring disabled teens

Unbroken : 13 stories starring disabled teens

2018

An anthology of stories in various genres, featuring disabled characters and written by disabled creators, ranging from established best selling authors to debut authors.

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An unkindness of ghosts

An unkindness of ghosts

Solomon, Rivers, author
2017


The way to Bea

The way to Bea

Yeh, Kat, author
2017



Why Johnny doesn't flap : NT is OK!

Why Johnny doesn't flap : NT is OK!

Morton, Clay, author
2016

A boy with autism spectrum disorder reveals the quirks of his non-autistic friend.

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