Cool Autistic Characters

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Brains are fascinating. They influence how we think, communicate, and interact with others and ourselves. Neurodivergence–having a brain that works a little differently than what’s considered “typical”–presents challenges, adventures and opportunities.

Autism is one type of neurodivergence. These titles, ranging from picture books to middle-grade novels, feature nuanced autistic characters solving mysteries, navigating school and family life, and just being kids.

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Anything But Typical

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. You can also check out this title as eBook on OverDrive/Libby.

The Case of the Berry Burglars

When strawberry plants disappear from the school garden, Myron and Hajrah dig in and investigate. With Glitch’s technical skills (she plots the thefts on a satellite image of the neighborhood), Jordan’s artistic abilities (he makes a mold of the culprit’s boot print), and Hajrah’s incredible people skills (she’s happy to interview anyone!), the West Meadows detectives finally hone in on the thieves. 

The Case of Maker Mischief

When his classmates’ robot is stolen just days before the Maker Faire, Myron and his detective partner, Hajrah, have their work cut out for them. 

The Case of the Snack Snatcher

Join Myron, a third-grade detective with a unique perspective from the autism spectrum, and the ragtag crew of students with special needs from room 15 of West Meadows Elementary, as they sift through crime scenes and evidence to solve the mystery of who stole snacks from the school kitchen. 

Talking Is Not My Thing

A girl with autism who almost never speaks demonstrates how easily she communicates with her brother and grandmother through facial expressions, gestures, flashcards, and drawings. 

Tornado Brain

Seventh-grader Frankie, who has various sensory disorders, is determined to find her missing best friend, Colette, before it is too late. You can also check out this title as eAudio on OverDrive/Libby.