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On the Autism Spectrum: Voices and Stories

Understanding autism can begin with stories about a child, sibling, friend, or classmate. This booklist includes stories written by young people and adults about how neurodiversity has shaped them. 

Al Capone Does My Shirts

Al Capone Does My Shirts

Gennifer Choldenko
Age Level:
Middle Grade
Genre:
Historical Fiction, Mystery / Crime
Published:
2006
Anything But Typical

Anything But Typical

Nora Raleigh Baskin
Age Level:
Middle Grade
Published:
2009
Autism, The Invisible Cord: A Sibling's Diary

Autism, The Invisible Cord: A Sibling’s Diary

Barbara Cain
Age Level:
YA
Genre:
Fiction
Published:
2012
Can You See Me?

Can You See Me?

Rebecca Westcott, Libby Scott
Age Level:
Middle Grade
Genre:
Fiction
Published:
2020
Counting by 7s

Counting by 7s

Holly Goldberg Sloan
Age Level:
Middle Grade
Genre:
Fiction
Published:
2013
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Mark Haddon
Age Level:
YA
Genre:
Fiction, Mystery / Crime
Published:
2003
Fall Down 7 Times Get Up 8: A Young Man's Voice from the Silence of Autism

Fall Down 7 Times Get Up 8: A Young Man’s Voice from the Silence of Autism

Naoki Higashida
Age Level:
YA
Genre:
Autobiography and Memoir, Nonfiction
Published:
2017
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Get a Grip, Vivy Cohen!

Sarah Kapit
Age Level:
Middle Grade
Genre:
Fiction
Published:
2020
Ido in Autismland: Climbing Out of Autism’s Silent Prison

Ido in Autismland: Climbing Out of Autism’s Silent Prison

Ido Kedar
Age Level:
YA
Genre:
Autobiography and Memoir, Nonfiction
Published:
2012
Just My Luck

Just My Luck

Cammie McGovern
Age Level:
Middle Grade
Genre:
Fiction
Published:
2016
The London Eye Mystery

The London Eye Mystery

Siobhan Dowd
Age Level:
Middle Grade
Genre:
Fiction, Mystery / Crime
Published:
2009
Mockingbird

Mockingbird

Kathryn Erskine
Age Level:
Middle Grade
Genre:
Fiction
Published:
2010
Planet Earth Is Blue

Planet Earth Is Blue

Nicole Panteleakos
Age Level:
Middle Grade
Genre:
Fiction
Published:
2019
The Real Boy

The Real Boy

Anne Ursu
Age Level:
Middle Grade
Genre:
Fantasy
Published:
2013
The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism

The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism

Naoki Higashida
Age Level:
YA
Genre:
Autobiography and Memoir, Nonfiction
Published:
2013
Rogue

Rogue

Lyn Miller-Lachmann
Age Level:
Middle Grade
Published:
2013
Rules

Rules

Cynthia Lord
Age Level:
Middle Grade
Genre:
Fiction
Published:
2008
Six of Crows

Six of Crows

Leigh Bardugo
Age Level:
YA
Genre:
Fantasy, Fiction
Published:
2015
Somebody, Please Tell Me Who I Am

Somebody, Please Tell Me Who I Am

Harry Mazer, Peter Lerangis
Age Level:
YA
Genre:
Fiction
Published:
2012
The Someday Birds

The Someday Birds

Sally J. Pla
Age Level:
Middle Grade
Genre:
Fiction
Published:
2017
Superstar

Superstar

Mandy Davis
Age Level:
Middle Grade
Genre:
Fiction
Published:
2017
Temple Grandin: How the Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World

Temple Grandin: How the Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World

Sy Montgomery, Temple Grandin
Age Level:
Middle Grade
Genre:
Biography, Nonfiction
Published:
2012
A Whole New Ballgame

A Whole New Ballgame

Phil Bildner
Age Level:
Middle Grade
Genre:
Fiction
Published:
2016
Age Level:
Middle Grade, YA