Anything But Typical by Nora Raleigh Baskin

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Jason Blake is an autistic 12-year-old living in a neurotypical world. Most days it's just a matter of time before something goes wrong. But Jason finds a glimmer of understanding when he comes across PhoenixBird, who posts stories to the same online site as he does.

Jason can be himself when he writes and he thinks that PhoneixBird-her name is Rebecca-could be his first real friend. But as desperate as Jason is to met her, he's terrified that if they do meet, Rebecca wil only see his autism and not who Jason really is.
By acclaimed writer Nora Raleigh Baskin, this is the breathtaking depiction of an autistic boy's struggles-and a story for anyone who has ever worried about fitting in.

About Nora Raleigh Baskin

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Nora Raleigh Baskin is the author of WHAT EVERY GIRL (EXCEPT ME) KNOWS, a Publishers Weekly Cuffie Award winner for Most Promising New Author, among other popular middle-grade novels. She lives in Weston, Connecticut.
Published March 5, 2009 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. 212 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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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.

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Teen Reads

Even at home, though, Jason often has the difficult job of reading his family members’ emotions, a process that neurotypical people do without even thinking about it, but that takes tremendous energy and concentration for Jason.

Mar 09 2010 | Read Full Review of Anything But Typical

Common Sense Media

She likes his stories and accepts him, but when an opportunity comes for them to meet in person at a writing conference, Jason wonders if he'll lose his friend once she learns he has autism.

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