M. That's what I'd like you to call me please. I'll tell you why later.
Welcome to M's world. It's tipsy-turvy, sweet and sour, and the beast of anxiety lurks outside classrooms ready to pounce. M just wants to be like other teenagers her age who always know what to say and what to do. So why does it feel like she lives on a different plane of existence to everyone else?
Written by the students of Limpsfield Grange, a school for girls with Autism Spectrum Disorder with communication and interaction difficulties, M is for Autism draws on real life experiences to create a heartfelt and humorous novel that captures the highs and lows of being different in a world of normal.
|Publisher:||Kingsley, Jessica Publishers|
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.30(d)|
|Age Range:||9 - 15 Years|
About the Author
The students of Limpsfield Grange, a residential school for girls with communication and interaction difficulties including Autism Spectrum Disorder, wrote and illustrated this book during three months of drama and creative writing workshops. The true life experiences of the girls were developed into M's story by Vicky Martin, the creative writing tutor who ran the workshops. She has previously worked on creative writing projects for the Royal Opera House's Education Department, and many theatres, arts centres and charities in the UK.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
M is for Autism is a book about a teenage girl with Autism written by teenage girls with Autism. This is an amazing book that shares daily trials of a girl with autism to give us a realistic understanding of what she feels and is trying to deal with. If you've ever wondered about the struggle someone with autism is dealing with, take a peek into the thoughts of M. With complete honesty, she narrates the daily trials of desiring to be normal, feeling overwhelmed and anxious about unexpected situations, and trying to figure out who she is. M's experiences at school and home are descibed through her self-talk, meetings with her counsellor and her thoughts. She talks about anxiety and how it makes her feel when others tell her to calm down, it is not that easy. She has difficulty making friends, keeping the ones she has and dealing with her mother. It talks about the disintegration of the family due to one parent not being able to deal with their child. Some of the comments almost made me cry. This book is appropriate for older children, teens, and adults - I highly recommend it to all three groups. It is a quick read, but will have a deep impact on how the reader views those who struggle with Autism. I liked the way this book was written from both M's view point and that of her mother's. I think we need more books like this. In the forward is says the the book is especially written for girls however, I believe that boys would also get a lot out of this story. Because more boys are diagnosed with autism than girls it is good that this book is out there so more people are aware that girls can have autism. I believe that all educators should read this book themselves to familiarize themselves with this higher functioning autism as unfortunately there were many characters in the book and in real life that do not understand and therefore not know how to react or treat these students. Thank you to Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this book.