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The Resource Anything but typical, Nora Raleigh Baskin

Anything but typical, Nora Raleigh Baskin

Label
Anything but typical
Title
Anything but typical
Statement of responsibility
Nora Raleigh Baskin
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
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
Storyline
Tone
Character
Award
  • Schneider Family Book Award for Middle School, 2010.
  • Notable Books for a Global Society, 2010.
  • ALA Notable Children's Book, 2010
  • Booklist Editors’ Choice: Books for Youth, 2009
Review
  • 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 --Wendy Smith-D'Arezzo (Reviewed March 1, 2009) (School Library Journal, vol 55, issue 3, p141)
  • /* Starred Review */ People say 12-year-old Jason Blake is weird. He blinks his eyes oddly and flaps his hands, his fingers jerking "like insects stuck on a string." Jason is autistic. He hates art class and PE, where there's too much space and unorganized time, but he feels at home on his computer, writing stories on the Storyboard website. When he meets a fellow writer named Rebecca online and has the chance to meet her in person at a Storyboard conference, he panics. What will happen to their comfortable online relationship when she meets him? Baskin's delineation of an autistic boy's world is brilliant, putting readers into Jason's mind, showing how he sees the world, understands how his parents feel about him, frets about fitting in and yearns to find at least one friend in the world. Readers even get some tips about writing short stories as they observe Jason composing his way to self-acceptance. "This is who I am. This is me," as one of his characters says. (Fiction. 10-14) (Kirkus Reviews, February 1, 2009)
Awards note
  • A Junior Library Guild selection
  • Schneider Family Book Award, Middle School, 2010.
  • Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People, 2010.
  • Notable Book for a Global Society award winner, 2010
  • Schneider Family Book Award winner, 2010
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
304030
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Baskin, Nora Raleigh
Dewey number
[Fic]
Index
no index present
Intended audience
  • Ages 10-14
  • HL
  • HL 640
Intended audience source
Lexile
Interest level
MG
LC call number
PZ7.B29233
LC item number
An 2009
Literary form
novels
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 4
  • 7
Reading level
4.1
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Study program name
Accelerated Reader/Renaissance Learning
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Autistic children
  • Autism
  • Schools
  • Families
  • Autism
  • Schools
  • Family life
Target audience
pre adolescent
Label
Anything but typical, Nora Raleigh Baskin
Instantiates
Publication
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
195 p.
Isbn
9781416963783
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2008020994
System control number
(OCoLC)232655890
Label
Anything but typical, Nora Raleigh Baskin
Publication
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
195 p.
Isbn
9781416963783
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2008020994
System control number
(OCoLC)232655890

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