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A Different Kind of Normal: My Real-Life COMPLETELY True Story About Being Unique Hardcover – October 4, 2022

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Gr 4-8- Albert Einstein, Emily Dickinson, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart were likely autistic. Greta Thunberg, Elon Musk, and the author of this book are very much on the spectrum. Diagnosed her thirties, the British-born author/illustrator takes readers on a heartfelt and hilarious journey growing up with autism. Celebrating neurodiversity, the book covers typical topics including school, bullying, social relationships, and family interaction. However, it's the addressing of seldom discussed issues such as puberty, imposter syndrome, and gender identity that sets this book apart. The author stresses the complexities represented in all forms of neurodiversity, challenging the assumption that boys are more typically associated with autistic behaviors. The unique format paired with the conversational narrative tone, perfect cartoon-like illustrations, bulleted lists, and sidebars make this a compelling and easy read. A string of footnotes takes on the tone of a running gag; but these short asides often give readers the most pause and prompt deep introspection. Back material includes acknowledgements, support resources, and a helpful glossary that also serves as an index. VERDICT Heartfelt and insightful, this remarkable book has the potential to be life-changing, not only for adolescents with autism, but also for the people who care for them. Highly recommended.-Lynne Stoverα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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★ "Heartfelt and insightful, this remarkable book has the potential to be life-changing, not only for adolescents with autism, but also for the people who care for them." —School Library Journal, starred review
 
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Useful and reassuring—and wrapped up in a charming, cutely illustrated package." —Kirkus Reviews

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Crown Books for Young Readers (October 4, 2022)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 240 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0593566459
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0593566459
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 8 - 12 years
  • Lexile measure ‏ : ‎ 980L
  • Grade level ‏ : ‎ 3 - 7
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.1 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.87 x 0.82 x 8.62 inches
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Abigail is a queer neurodivergent (autistic & ADHD) author, illustrator and Emmy award-winning creative producer living in Brighton, England in the UK. Original storytelling has always been at the heart of Abigail's career and she has spent 12+ years leading social media campaigns for some of the biggest TV & entertainment clients in the world including Sony Music, BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Netflix.

Abigail also used to perform stand-up comedy and won several tiny trophies for her onstage humour; which involved life-size illustrations, ridiculous songs and rambling stories about her family.

Her book about growing up autistic and not knowing she was autistic, A Different Sort of Normal, was named Puffin Books' lead non-fiction title of 2021 and has received many other accolades including being shortlisted for Children's Non-Fiction Book of the Year at the British Book Awards 2022 and longlisted for Best Book With Facts at the Blue Peter Book Awards 2021.

A Different Sort of Normal was republished in USA and Canada this year under the slightly different title A Different Kind of Normal, and has been featured in the New York Times.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Blooming marvellous! Don't hesitate to buy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Blooming marvellous! Don't hesitate to buy it.
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Awesome book! I bought this following a recommend from an autistic book club online. I wanted something accessible for my daughter (NT) to read to help her understand her brother (ND). It's brilliant - we had such giggles together at the funny parts and talked more in depth about the things that challenged. She devoured it. (Age 7 but with a higher reading ability). She's now asking for more 'life stories' (biographies) so I'm on the hunt!
I'm not sure what the difference if between this one and the one titled "A different SORT of normal" but I chose this one because it has a more recent publishing date.
I loved the into pages where the author 'gives permission' for us to read it. Too often it's too hard to know who the audience is. This book is for everyone. I've included a photo of the starting pages to show you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books about autism that I’ve ever read
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