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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Bat’s mom, a veterinarian, has brought home a baby skunk, which she needs to take care of until she can hand him over to a wild-animal shelter. But the minute Bat meets the kit, he knows they belong together. And he’s got one month to show his mom that a baby skunk might just make a pretty terrific pet. You can also check out this title as eBook on OverDrive/Libby, as eAudio on OverDrive/Libby, as eBook on Hoopla or eAudio on Hoopla.
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.
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.
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.
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.