March 31, 2021

We wrote this blog for World Autism Awareness Week 2021! Take a look at 10 children’s books featuring autistic characters, along with their Accelerated Reader quiz information.

Lower Years

A Friend For Henry by Jenn Bailey
Quiz # 240000 | BL 2.4 | Chronicle Books
Henry would like to find a friend at school, but finds making friends difficult. His efforts are sometimes misinterpreted, or things just go wrong. But Henry keeps trying.

Isaac and His Amazing Asperger Superpowers! by Melanie Walsh
Quiz # 230984 | BL 2.9 | Walker Books
Isaac has a kind of autism called Asperger’s. In this book he’ll tell you all about what it’s like to have his Asperger superpowers.


Middle Years

Blue Bottle Mystery: An Asperger Adventure by Kathy Hoopmann
Quiz # 240013 | BL: 4.0 | Jessica Kingsley Publishers
A boy named Ben, frustrated by his problems at school, hopes for adventure with his friend Andy when they find what looks like a genie’s bottle, but Ben’s life changes when he learns he has Asperger Syndrome.

Show Us Who You Are by Elle McNicoll
Quiz # 234318 | BL 4.0 | Knights Of
When Cora makes a new friend in Adrien, she’s introduced to the mysterious Pomegranate Institute. She’s fascinated by Pomegranate’s hologram technology that brings people back from the dead but she soon learns some dangerous secrets.

Do You Know Me? by Libby Scott and Rebecca Westcott
Quiz # 239529 | BL 5.7 | Scholastic Children’s Books
In part two of “Can You See Me?” Tally is no longer hiding her autism and wants people to know who she really is. But when she meets bully Skye on a school trip, she wonders if siding with a bully is better than being alone.

Get a Grip, Vivy Cohen! by Sarah Kapit
Quiz # 239984 | BL 4.6 | Dial Books
Eleven-year-old knuckleball pitcher Vivy Cohen, who has autism, becomes pen pals with her favourite baseball player after writing a letter to him for her social-skills class.


Middle Years Plus

Car Wash Wish by Sita Brahmachari
Quiz # 229664 | BL 4.6 | Barrington Stoke
Hudson deals with the news of his mum’s pregnancy while also having to cope with attending the funeral of his grandad.

Upper Years

Things I Should Have Known by Claire LaZebnik
Quiz # 239984 | BL 4.4 | Dial Books
LA girl Chloe has decided that her older sister Ivy, who has autism, could use a boyfriend. Soon, Chloe is forced to confront her own romantic choices and learns that it’s okay to be a different kind of normal.

On the Edge of Gone by Corinne Duyvis
Quiz # 239985 | BL 4.4 | Houghton Mifflin
In Amsterdam in 2034, a comet is due to hit Earth within the hour. Sixteen-year-old Denise, who is autistic, must find her missing sister and also help her neglectful, undependable mother safely aboard a spaceship.

Colin Fischer by Ashley Edward Miller and Zack Stentz
Quiz # 223852 | BL 6.3 | Puffin
14-year-old Colin loves Sherlock Holmes and is brilliant at logical deduction. When a gun is fired at his school, Colin teams up with the high-school bully to get to the bottom of the cafeteria crime.


Have we missed anything off this list? Tell us on Twitter or, if the book doesn’t have an AR quiz yet, you can suggest it to us here.

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