Anything but Typical

Anything but Typical

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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.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, ©2009
ISBN: 9781416963783
Branch Call Number: j BASKIN 2009
Characteristics: 195 pages ; 22 cm


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A 12-year-old boy with autism narrates his tale of family, school, and aspiration to be a writer.

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.

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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ArapahoeErinR Oct 17, 2018

Everyone wants to find a place where they are understood and for Jason a young boy with autism it's a website where he can submit his stories. When another member of the storyboard starts to chat with him and eventually wants to meet him he goes into full panic mode. Anyone who has struggled with who they are and who they want to be will understand Jason's struggles.

May 23, 2018

This is one of those books where I read it and thought, "Man, I wish I would have read this when I was a kid. It would have helped a lot." This is a good read for anyone--on the autism spectrum or off--because it takes you inside the main character's head and helps you to understand what's going on inside his brain that translates to his physical actions. It's one of those books with the potential to help you understand people better.

unruhka Nov 04, 2017

A brilliant book. It really took me inside Jason's head. I felt the disconnect from his world yet deep connection he had with atypical things, a wall, a floor, a computer. You can feel the unfairness, the cruelty of others passed off as normal while Jason is the strange one, the wrong one. It's quite intriguing, funny, sad, and I'd love to see it made into a movie. NT's need to experience this.

Jan 12, 2017

This is a very sweet book. It was in second to first person and I really liked it, It was simple to read but it was fun. :)

cmlibrary_jrobinson Jul 02, 2016

This fascinating novel is told in a diary-like format with experiences spelled out with honesty and a little humor. Jason Blake is a 12 year old with autism. Like other boys his age, he has his own interests-his being writing and reading. But he feels awkward around peers and is sometimes mistreated and/or misunderstood. Read to find out how an online friendship makes an impact on Jason’s life and whether he can finally accept and appreciate that he is “Anything but Typical.

May 08, 2015

I enjoyed this book because it really showed how it felt to be autistic. It can be a little depressing at times though.

Jun 13, 2014

loved this book.

May 29, 2014

I liked it because it made me think about what goes on inside autistic peoples heads. Very good.

ChristchurchLib Jan 28, 2014

"Kids at school think that Jason Blake is weird. He's autistic, and his constant blinking and frequent hand-flapping definitely make his differences noticeable - except online, where he posts his brilliant creative writing on the website Storyboard. Through Storyboard, Jason forms an online friendship (maybe more?) with fellow writer Rebecca. But when he learns that he and Rebecca are both attending the Storyboard conference, he's terrified of meeting her in person. This warm and funny novel will be a hit with aspiring writers as well as anyone who knows - or wonders - what it's like to be dramatically different." Kids' Books January 2014 newsletter

Jul 16, 2013

It's a little short. It's not as good as I thought it would be and it is a little confusing, but I think it is still worthwhile to read.

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