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April is Autism Awareness Month. Enjoy these books about autism and featuring autistic or neurodivergent characters. 


Elana K. Arnold, Charles Santoso
Description: When his veterinarian mom brings home a stray baby skunk that needs rehabilitation before it can be placed in a wild animal shelter, Bat, who has austim, resolves to prove that he is up to the challenge of caring for the skunk permanently.
Call Number: J FIC Arn
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 2, 2019
Keith (Journalist) Stuart
Description: "Alex loves his family, and yet he struggles to connect with his eight-year-old autistic son, Sam. The strain has pushed his marriage to the breaking point. So Alex moves in with his merrily irresponsible best friend on the world's most uncomfortable blow-up bed. As Alex navigates single life, long-buried family secrets, and part-time fatherhood, his son begins playing Minecraft. Sam's imagination blossoms and the game opens up a whole new world for father and son to share. Together, they discover that sometimes life must fall apart before you can build a better one."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Stu
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 2, 2019
Angela Johnson
Description: Scotty compares herself to tofu: no flavor unless you add something. And it's true that Scotty's friends, Misha and Faclone, and her brother, Keone, make life delicious. But when a terrible accident occurs, Scotty feels responsible for the loss of someone she hardly knew, and the world goes wrong. She cannot tell what is a dream and what is real. Her friends are having a hard time getting through to her and her family is preoccupied with their own trauma. But the prospect of a boy, a dance, and the possibility that everything can fall back into place soon help Scotty realize that she is capable of adding her own flavor to life.
Call Number: YA FIC Joh
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 2, 2019
Kathy Hoopmann
Call Number: E Hoo
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 2, 2019
Jennifer Cook O'Toole, Navah Paskowitz-Asner
Description: At the age of thirty-five, O'Toole was diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome, and for the first time in her life, things made sense. Now she exposes the constant struggle between carefully crafted persona and authentic existence. Her journey is one of reverse-self-discovery not only as an Aspie but as a thoroughly modern woman. She shows that, because autism "looks a bit different in pink," most girls and women who fit the profile are not identified, facing years of avoidable anxiety, eating disorders, volatile relationships, self-harm, and stunted independence. -- Adapted from jacket.
Call Number: 616.8588 OTo
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 2, 2019
Sally J. Pla, Ken Min
Description: 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.
Call Number: E Pla
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 2, 2019
Marion Pauw, Hester Velmans
Description: A single mother and lawyer, Iris has a colorful caseload, a young son with behavior issues, and a judgmental mother. She also has a brother shocking news she uncovers by accident. Why did her mother lie to her for her entire life? Why did she hide the existence of Ray Boelens from her? Curious about this sibling she has never known, Iris begins to search for long-buried truths. What she discovers surprises and horrifies her. Her older brother is autistic and in prison for brutally murdering his neighbor and her daughter. Visiting Ray, she meets a man who looks heartbreakingly like her own son. A man who is devoted to his tropical fish and who loves baking bread. A man whose naivete unnerves her. There is no question that Ray is odd and obsessive, unable to communicate like the rest of us. But is he really a killer?
Call Number: FIC Pau
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 2, 2019
Amy Guglielmo, Giselle Potter
Description: Presents the story of Grandins "squeeze machine," describing her childhood love of building and design, as well as her sensitivities.
Call Number: E Gug
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 2, 2019
Stephanie Kallos
Description: Charles Morrow, a high school English teacher who finds it difficult to connect with his autistic son, his college-bound daughter, or his ex-wife, begins to rise out of the rut his life has fallen into with the help of an art student and an Italian-speaking nun.
Call Number: FIC Kal
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 2, 2019
John Elder Robison
Call Number: 362.19 Rob
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 2, 2019
Sabina Berman
Description: Karen Nieto passed her earliest years a feral child, left alone to wander the vast beach property near her family failing tuna cannery in Mazatlan, Mexico. When her mother dies, Karen's long-kept family secret is revealed. What to do with the troubled and autistic Karen?
Call Number: FIC Ber
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 2, 2019
Steve Silberman
Description: A groundbreaking book that upends conventional thinking about autism and suggests a broader model for acceptance, understanding, and full participation in society for people who think differently. What is autism: a devastating developmental disorder, a lifelong disability, or a naturally occurring form of cognitive difference akin to certain forms of genius? In truth, it is all of these things and more--and the future of our society depends on our understanding it. Reporter Steve Silberman unearths the secret history of autism, long suppressed by the same clinicians who became famous for discovering it, and finds surprising answers to the crucial question of why the number of diagnoses has soared in recent years. Going back to the earliest days of autism research and chronicling the brave and lonely journey of autistic people and their families through the decades, Silberman provides long-sought solutions to the autism puzzle, while mapping out a path for our society toward a more humane world in which people with learning differences and those who love them have access to the resources they need to live happier, healthier, more secure, and more meaningful lives. Along the way, he reveals the untold story of Hans Asperger, the father of Asperger's syndrome, whose "little professors" were targeted by the darkest social-engineering experiment in human history; exposes the covert campaign by child psychiatrist Leo Kanner to suppress knowledge of the autism spectrum for fifty years; and casts light on the growing movement of "neurodiversity" activists seeking respect, support, technological innovation, accommodations in the workplace and in education, and the right to self-determination for those with cognitive differences--From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 616.8588 Sil
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 2, 2019
J. J. (John Jeffrey) Murray
Description: Nurse Trina Woods never really expected to make the reality-show cut for Rich Man, Lucky Lady. She's used to losing in love, and past believing in fairy tales. So she's sure the handsome plain-talking man she encounters on her lunch break is just a shy eccentric. Until he turns out to be reclusive award-winning musician "Art E." Soon his unique sensitivity and gentle ways are inspiring her to stand up for herself, take risks, and try one last time for her happy ending. Tony Santangelo's special way of seeing the world helps him make connections others don't - and turn them into mega-hit songs. But he never realized how lonely he was until he got a glimpse of Trina's honesty and caring nature - and went way out of his comfort zone to find her. Suddenly they're the media's hottest new Cinderella story. And coping with his overprotective brother and overwhelming celebrity means he and Trina must face trouble head on, insist on their dreams, and write their own one-of-a-kind forever-after song.
Call Number: FIC Mur
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 2, 2019
Corinne Duyvis
Description: "In Amsterdam, the Netherlands, in 2034, a comet is due to hit the Earth within the hour. Denise, who's sixteen years old and autistic, must try to find her missing sister and also help her neglectful, undependable mother safely aboard a spaceship"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: YA FIC Duy
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 2, 2019
Jennifer Gold
Description: "Growing up in New York City in the shadow of her mother, a famous prima ballerina, Clara has never felt good about her body. Now, at sixteen, she has an unhealthy obsession with healthy eating. After a social media disaster, Clara decides to escape for the summer to Paris to stay with her estranged dad, her step-mom, and her six-year-old brother Alastair. Clara has hardly ever spent time with Alastair, who is on the autism spectrum. Charged with his care, Clara sets out with Alastair to explore the city. The fabled city of light, and a handsome young Parisian baker's apprentice, teach Clara about first love, and a new approach to food. And Alastair teaches Clara about patience, trust, and the beauty of loving without judgment."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: YA FIC Gol
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 2, 2019
Sharon M. (Sharon Mills) Draper
Description: Considered by many to be mentally retarded, a brilliant, impatient fifth-grader with cerebral palsy discovers a technological device that will allow her to speak for the first time.
Call Number: J FIC Dra
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 2, 2019
Holly Robinson Peete, Ryan Peete, RJ Peete
Description: Through the alternating stories of twins Callie and Charlie, their fictional counterparts, teenagers Ryan Elizabeth Peete and RJ Peete discuss what it is like for RJ as a teenager with autism and Ryan as a teenager with an autistic sibling.
Call Number: YA 362.19 Pee
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 2, 2019
Susan K Delaine, Peter J Bauth, Rebecca Peabody Estepp
Description: Join the countless other families who have discovered enormous improvement in their autistic children through diet, now featuring new recipes, new photographs, new alternative ingredients, and the same beautiful design and delicious food that made the original edition so popular.
Call Number: 641.5638 Del 2012
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 2, 2019
Helen Hoang, Carly Robins
Description: "Stella Lane thinks math is the only thing that unites the universe. She comes up with algorithms to predict customer purchases--a job that has given her more money than she knows what to do with, and way less experience in the dating department than the average thirty-year-old. It doesn't help that Stella has Asperger's and French kissing reminds her of a shark getting its teeth cleaned by pilot fish. Her conclusion: she needs lots of practice--with a professional. Which is why she hires escort Michael Phan. The Vietnamese and Swedish stunner can't afford to turn down Stella's offer, and agrees to help her check off all the boxes on her lesson plan--from foreplay to more-than-missionary position... Before long, Stella not only learns to appreciate his kisses, but crave all of the other things he's making her feel. Their no-nonsense partnership starts making a strange kind of sense. And the pattern that emerges will convince Stella that love is the best kind of logic.."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Hoa
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Apr 2, 2019
Anand Prahlad
Call Number: 616.8588 Pra
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 2, 2019
Sally J. Pla
Description: Charlie, twelve, who has autism and obsessive compulsive disorder, must endure a cross-country trip with his siblings and a strange babysitter to visit their father, who will undergo brain surgery.
Call Number: J FIC Pla
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 2, 2019
Rachael Lucas
Description: "Sometimes I feel like everyone else was handed a copy of the rules for life and mine got lost." 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.
Call Number: YA FIC Luc
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 2, 2019
Claire Scovell LaZebnik
Description: "A popular Los Angeles teen tries to find love for her older, autistic sister"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: YA FIC LaZ
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 2, 2019
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A Boy Called Bat
Elana K. Arnold, Charles Santoso
J FIC Arn
No Ordinary Love
J. J. (John Jeffrey) Murray
FIC Mur
A Boy Made Of Blocks
Keith (Journalist) Stuart
FIC Stu
On The Edge Of Gone
Corinne Duyvis
YA FIC Duy
A Certain October
Angela Johnson
YA FIC Joh
On The Spectrum
Jennifer Gold
YA FIC Gol
All Cats Have Asperger Syndrome
Kathy Hoopmann
E Hoo
Out Of My Mind
Sharon M. (Sharon Mills) Draper
J FIC Dra
Autism In Heels: The Untold Story Of A Female Life On The Spectrum
Jennifer Cook O'Toole, Navah Paskowitz-Asner
616.8588 OTo
Same But Different: Teen Life On The Autism Express
Holly Robinson Peete, Ryan Peete, RJ Peete
YA 362.19 Pee
Benji, The Bad Day, And Me
Sally J. Pla, Ken Min
E Pla
The Autism Cookbook: 101 Gluten-Free And Allergen-Free Recipes : Free From Gluten, Egg, Milk, Rice, Soy, Peanut, Tree Nuts, Fish, And Shellfish
Susan K Delaine, Peter J Bauth, Rebecca Peabody Estepp
641.5638 Del 2012
Girl In The Dark: A Novel
Marion Pauw, Hester Velmans
FIC Pau
The Kiss Quotient [Audiobook]
Helen Hoang, Carly Robins
FIC Hoa
How To Build A Hug: Temple Grandin And Her Amazing Squeeze Machine
Amy Guglielmo, Giselle Potter
E Gug
The Secret Life Of A Black Aspie: A Memoir
Anand Prahlad
616.8588 Pra
Language Arts
Stephanie Kallos
FIC Kal
The Someday Birds
Sally J. Pla
J FIC Pla
Look Me In The Eye: My Life With Asperger's
John Elder Robison
362.19 Rob
The State Of Grace
Rachael Lucas
YA FIC Luc
Me, Who Dove Into The Heart Of The World: A Novel
Sabina Berman
FIC Ber
Things I Should Have Known: A Novel
Claire Scovell LaZebnik
YA FIC LaZ
Neurotribes: The Legacy Of Autism And The Future Of Neurodiversity
Steve Silberman
616.8588 Sil