Things in Print Thursday :: another list analysis

28 Apr

This is a Goodreads list of “Books Featuring Children and Teens With Autism.” It’s a list of “books handpicked by Master’s in Counseling Students” but I want to see how these summaries of books describe their characters.

Oh, and I want to see how many are about women on the spectrum.  And if the autistic character is the protagonist or not.

  1. Autistic people cannot understand how the world works like we can and have difficulty understanding how people think, but we can. We have that capacity to understand them, if we choose too we should take advantage of that capacity. If we don’t accept that our children are autistic, then we are only condemning ourselves and our children to a life of frustrating misery.
    Well, the author is not the autistic one in this true story. The autistic people in it are boys. This chunk of text is sending up red flags.
  2. Why does everything seem so easy for everyone else? As Jewels recounts her adventures from Kinderprison to Muddle School, she looks for clues to what sets her apart. Could she be an alien, a superhero, or something completely different?
    Well this actually sounds really cute.  +1 autistic protagonist, +1 female autistic protagonist.
  3. a young boy, Albert, who is on the autism spectrum
    NT female protagonist, autistic male friend.
  4. Although gifted with a superbly logical brain, for fifteen-year-old Christopher everyday interactions and admonishments have little meaning. He lives on patterns, rules, and a diagram kept in his pocket.
    Again.  Well, +2 autistic protagonists.
  5. Marcelo Sandoval hears music no one else can hear–part of the autism-like impairment no doctor has been able to identify–and he’s always attended a special school where his differences have been protected.
    “autism-like” huh. +3 autism-like protagonists, with a hint of sideeye.
  6. The autism diagnosis ripped away every dream these parents had for their child.
    This was recommended by Master’s in Counseling students?
  7. Incomprehensible for this list.
  8. This journal is my story as a caregiver, weathering the storm with a seven year-old girl with autism.
    This seems to be a running theme. I’m not particularly into it.
  9. the young autistic boy [with trees as a special interest]”
    +4 autistic protagonists.
  10. Caitlin wants to get over it, but as an eleven-year-old girl with Asperger’s, she doesn’t know how.
    +5 autistic protagonists, +2 female autistic protagonists.
  11. Incomprehensible for this list.
  12. Lexi’s got phobias about lots of things.
    +6 autistic protagonists, +3 female autistic protagonists.
  13. Jason Blake is an autistic 12-year-old living in a neurotypical world.
    +7 autistic protagonists.
  14. This one is an advice book for Asperger’s syndrome teens, so doesn’t really count for the tally.
  15. No summary provided, but from the title it seems to have +8 autistic protagonists.
  16. “[a mom fighting in] her child’s corner who ‘isn’t disabled enough’ for much professional help beyond education in a college’s Special Educational Needs department
    Ehhhh.  Another one about a mom and her “learning-disabled” daughter, but it’s fictional.
  17. Denise is autistic
    To the point.  +9 autistic protagonists, +4 female autistic protagonists.
  18. Advice for kids with autism/ADHD.
  19. I cannot tell.
  20. I cannot tell.
  21. Away from her biology-obsessed, autistic sister.
    This time the protagonist is a sister fed up with her autistic sister.
  22. Advice for kids with Asperger’s/ASDs/etc.
  23. Families, world experts, and persons on the autism spectrum share their experiences in this collection of stories.
    Doesn’t specify who they are, though, so, not tallyable.
  24. But not until late in his teens, when this surfing phenom was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, did the deeper reasons for his obsession—and his astonishing gift for surfing—become clear.”
    +10 autistic protagonists.
  25. Crystal is a reserved autistic person and wants a detailed plan for everything.
    +11 autistic protagonists, +5 female autistic protagonists? I can’t tell exactly if they’re equally protagonists though, her and her NT sister.
  26. Lucy, that’s Daniel. He has autism.”
    NT female protagonist, autistic male friend.
  27. because Temple Grandin is autistic, a woman who thinks, feels, and experiences the world in ways that are incomprehensible to the rest of us.
    +11 autistic protagonists, +6 female autistic protagonists.  Temple Grandin is badass.
  28. Kiara has Asperger’s syndrome.”
    Again, straightforward. +12 autistic protagonists, +7 female autistic protagonists.
  29. But the story of Kristine’s journey with Jake is all the more remarkable because his extraordinary mind was almost lost to autism.
    NT mom (with health issues of an unspecified nature), autistic savant kid.
  30. Darren is a sixteen-year-old musical genius with Asperger’s.
    +13 autistic protagonists.
  31. Naoki Higashida, a very smart, very self-aware, and very charming thirteen-year-old boy with autism
    +14 autistic protagonists, and oh my god this one is actually written by the autistic kid.
  32. Brilliant but autistic, sixteen-year-old Clover Donovan
    +15 autistic protagonists, +8 female autistic protagonists, but “but.”
  33. I cannot tell.
  34. Same as 32 but not mentioned.
  35. her autistic son”
    NT mom, autistic kid who, based on this being a romance novel, I assume is little more than a plot point.
  36. Same as 5.
  37. I cannot tell.
  38. My friend Zack has a disability called autism.”
    NT protagonist, autistic friend.
  39. Drea’s mom and a rotating band of psychiatrists have settled on ‘a touch of Asperger’s.’
    +16 autistic/etc. protagonists, +9 female autistic protagonists.
  40. A children’s book written by eight year old Ethan Rice who happens to be autistic. In this fully illustrated book Ethan explains what autism means to him and why he feels so very blessed that God made him this way.
    +17 autistic protagonists.
  41. Colin Fischer cannot stand to be touched. He does not like the color blue. He needs index cards to recognize facial expressions.
    +18 autistic protagonists.
  42. Advice book.
  43. Language/advice book.
  44. Language/advice book.
  45. Offers a glimpse of life from the perspective of a child who has severe autism.
    But basically, an advice book.
  46. No summary.
  47. a young woman with Asperger’s Syndrome
    +19 autistic/etc. protagonists, +10 female autistic protagonists.
  48. “Charlie has autism. His brain works in a special way. It’s harder for him to make friends. Or show his true feelings. Or stay safe.”
    NT sister (and mom/author), autistic boy child.
  49. One [boy] has autism, the other does not.
    NT friend, autistic friend.
  50. An illustrated children’s book about Andy, a boy with autism.
    NT sister, autistic brother.
  51. Answering the question Why is Sam different?, this heartwarming story tells of the challenges of living with Asperger Syndrome, a form of autism.
    Half story about an autistic boy, half advice.
  52. Advice book.
  53. her autistic little brother, Ian
    NT sister, autistic brother.

19 autistic protagonists, half of whom are girls; at least 9 books about NT family members or friends “dealing with” autistic people in their lives.

–your fangirl heroine.



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