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Anything but Typical

by Nora Raleigh Baskin Paperback
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Product Information

  • AR Level4.1
  • AR Quiz Number129385
  • AR Quiz Points5
  • AuthorNora Raleigh Baskin
  • Page Count208
  • ISBN101416995005
  • ISBN139781416995005
  • PublisherSimon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
  • Year Published2010
  • Grade Level5 - 9
  • Type of BookFiction
  • SubjectFamily & home stories (Children's/YA)
    General fiction (Children's/YA)
    Personal & social issues: family issues (Children's/YA)
    Personal & social issues: disability & special needs (Children's/YA)
    School stories (Children's/YA)
  • Lexile Level640
  • ImprintSimon & Schuster Books For Young Readers

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Synopsis : Jason Blake is anything but typical. He tells his story in his own language, that of an autistic twelve-year-old boy. He is intelligent and sensitive, with many special gifts, and he is different. We learn of his sensitivity and "differentness" as he writes about his life and describes his world. Through his writing, which he posts on a writing website, he meets another young writer, Rebecca, who responds to the post of his story. Jason is intrigued with this girl in his life and fantasizes about her being his girlfriend. Jason''s challenges in school, socially, and at home all portray his difficulty in navigating normal life situations. Complicating his life is his desire to have a girlfriend, and his fear of meeting Rebecca and of her rejection becomes almost too much for Jason. By facing his fear and meeting Rebecca, he is able to grow and ultimately accept himself. Discussion questions : 1) How do we know, right from the beginning of the book, that Jason is not a typical twelve-year-old? Name some of the characteristics he exhibits. Are these behaviors things you have seen before? 2) The letters NLD, nonverbal learning disorder, and ASD, autistic spectrum disorder, are labels used to identify the symptoms Jason displays. Describe what it would be like to have a conversation with Jason. 3) Does it seem that Jason has a hard time understanding what other people are doing or asking of him? Give an example of a communication from Jason''s point of view. What things does he notice? What things are hard for him to tolerate? What things doesn''t he notice or respond to? 4) What are some of the techniques his therapist suggests he use in order to communicate with NT (neurotypical) people? Do you think these are easy or hard for Jason to do? 5) What does Jason do well? What is he particularly knowledgeable about? 6) Describe Jacob''s relationship with his mother, father, and younger brother Jeremy. How has Jason learned to communicate with each of them? What d

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