July 21

Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Books That Feature Characters on the Autism Spectrum

July 21, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday is a feature hosted by The Broke and The Bookish in which they select a topic every week, and the rest of us get to make Top Ten lists based on that topic. This week’s topic: Ten Books That Celebrate Diversity/Diverse Characters (example: features minority/religious minority, socioeconomic diversity, disabled MC,  neurotypical character, LGBTQ etc etc.). I’ve decided to go with a focus on books that feature characters on the autism spectrum. Here are my recommendations (some of these I haven’t had a chance to read yet, but they are definitely on my TBR and recommended by others):

Young Readers:

Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko – I adored this middle grade novel. Not only does it take place on the infamous Alcatraz Island, but the main character’s sister had autism at a time before autism was a diagnosable disorder.

Rules by Cynthia Lord – Written from the perspective of a teenage girl whose brother is on the spectrum.

Counting by 7’s by Holly Goldberg Sloane – I have an autographed copy of this book from an author event, but my mom borrowed it from me before I had a chance to read it! I hope to get to it soon!

Young Adult Selections:

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddon – I didn’t love this novel as much as others, but I still recommend it if you are looking for a novel that can give you a picture of what it’s like to be in the body and brain of someone with autism.

Rain Reign by Ann Martin – I’ve been wanting to read this one for awhile, which has a main character with Asperger’s Syndrome.

Adult Selections:

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion – This has been one of my favorite reads of the summer, and it gives you an accurate portrayal of life for someone with Asperger’s Syndrome (even though they never come out and say that Don has Asperger’s Syndrome).

The Kitchen Daughter by Jael McHenry – It’s been awhile since I’ve read this, but I loved and recommended it highly at the time that I did. A good snapshot of an adult on the spectrum.

House Rules by Jodi Picoult – I haven’t actually read this one, but I’ve heard good things (and I do tend to like Jodi Picoult novels).

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series by Stieg Larsson – I’m not sure it ever comes out and says it, but Lisbeth is portrayed as having characteristics of Asperger’s Syndrome. Although the pacing in this series is not always great, I found them to be good reads.

Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend by Matthew Dicks- I haven’t had a chance to read this one either, but a coworker has highly recommended it and lent the book to me. It was also a Target Book Club book at one time. It’s about a boy who’s imaginary friend helps him to navigate his world.

Which fiction novels do you recommend that feature a character with an Autism Spectrum Disorder?

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Posted July 21, 2015 by Lisa @ Reading, Writing, and Random Musings in category "Top Ten Tuesday


  1. By Zachary Chong on

    Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend is a good choice, but for young readers, you should have mentioned Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine


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