|Anything but Typical Reprint Edition
Contributor(s): Baskin, Nora Raleigh
ISBN: 1416995005 ISBN-13: 9781416995005
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: March 2010
Annotation: Told from the first-person perspective of an autistic boy, Baskin's novel is an enlightening story for anyone who has ever worried about fitting in.
|Library of Congress Subjects: |
- Autism; Fiction.
- Schools; Fiction.
- Family life; Fiction.
|BISAC Categories: |
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | Special Needs
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | Adolescence
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | Emotions & Feelings
|Lexile Measure: 640|
|Academic/Grade Level: Grade 4-6, Age 9-11|
|Book type: Juvenile Fiction|
|Physical Information: 7.75" H x 5.25" W x 0.75" (0.30 lbs) 195 pages|
|Accelerated Reader Info|
|Quiz #: 129385
Reading Level: 4.1 Interest Level: Middle Grades Point Value: 5.0
|Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2009 #3)
Baskin sets herself a difficult challenge by making her narrator both an aspiring writer and autistic, seemingly more severely so than, for instance, Ted in Siobhan Dowd's London Eye Mystery. Sixth-grader Jason is being mainstreamed this year (forgoing his one-on-one classroom aide), and sometimes the noises, smells, and interpersonal demands overwhelm him. One of his greatest comforts is the website Storyboard, where he posts a story about a dwarf considering a treatment that would make him normal-sized. When Jason's story attracts positive online comments from a girl, he begins to feel that he has a friend-even a girlfriend-but is panic-stricken when he learns they are both planning to attend the Storyboard conference. He's also distressed that his mother, not his father, ends up accompanying him to the conference, but both Jason and his "neurotypical" mom come to realize that in some ways he is more competent than she is. Baskin writes with striking honesty, especially about Jason's relationship with his parents, and incorporates many details about Jason's perceptions of and reactions to people that might help readers better understand their autistic peers. The book's greater strength, though, is communicating to readers how some of the same things that bother Jason might also bother them-whether it is bright lights, noisy rooms, or foods that touch-and establishing common ground. Copyright 2009 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2009 February #2)
Baskin (All We Know of Love) steps into the mind of an autistic boy who, while struggling to deal with the "neurotypical" world, finds his voice through his writing ability. Though Jason initially seemed a prodigy, by third grade he had fallen behind academically, and his parents reluctantly had him tested ("A year later the only letters anybody cared about were ASD, NLD, and maybe ADD or ADHD, which I think my mom would have liked better. BLNT. Better luck next time"). Now in sixth grade, Jason still has behavioral difficulties, but is passionate about his writing and actively posts stories in an online forum. There he strikes up a friendship with (and develops a crush on) a fellow writer, though he becomes distraught when he discovers they will both be attending the same writing conference. The first-person narration gives dramatic voice to Jason's inner thoughts about his family and his own insecurities, even as he withholds details (usually about incidents at school) from readers. Jason's powerful and perceptive viewpoint should readily captivate readers and open eyes. Ages 10-14. (Mar.) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.
Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2009 March)
Gr 4–7—Baskin writes in the voice of a high-functioning boy who identifies himself as having numerous disorders, most with labels that appear as alphabet soup. In the third grade, after yet another battery of tests, Jason receives the diagnosis of autism. Now in sixth grade, he relates how he does not fit in, even though he tries to follow the instructions of his therapists and helpers. He labels the rest of his classmates and teachers as neurotypicals, or NTs for short. While humor resonates throughout the book, the pathos of Jason's situation is never far from readers' consciousness. If only he could act on what he knows he needs to do, his life would be so much easier. Jason also shows himself to be a deep thinker and an excellent writer. Through his stories and thinly veiled fictional characters, Baskin reveals not only the obstacles that Jason faces, but also his fierce determination to be himself at all costs. Jason is a believable and empathetic character in spite of his idiosyncrasies. Baskin also does a superb job of developing his parents and younger brother as real people with real problems, bravely traversing their lives with a differently abled child without a road map, but with a great deal of love.—Wendy Smith-D'Arezzo, Loyola College, Baltimore, MD[Page 141]. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
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